Collected Travel Writings: The Continent    -     By: Henry James, Richard Howard
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Collected Travel Writings: The Continent

Library of America / 1993 / Hardcover

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Henry James's travel writings are at once literary masterpieces, unsurpassed guidebooks, and penetrating reflections on the international themes familiar from his fiction. This volume and its companion, Great Britain and America, present them complete for the first time. Observant, imaginative, rich with literary associations and historical echoes, they show James as a great traveler and one of the greatest of all travel writers. From Provence and the Loire Valley, to Rome and Capri, Tuscany and Umbria, he visits all the places still on the traveler's itinerary, capturing radiant impressions of French countryside, the Norman coast, Florentine masterpieces, Venetian color and light. Sixteen essays most previously uncollected, on such varied places as Switzerland, Belgium, and the Pyrenees, include a remarkable account of the American volunteer ambulance corps in Europe during World War I. Joseph Pennell's exquisite drawings are reproduced from the original editions.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 845
Vendor: Library of America
Publication Date: 1993
Dimensions: 8.13 X 5.28 X 1.10 (inches)
ISBN: 0940450771
ISBN-13: 9780940450776
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Author Bio

Henry James (1843-1916), born in New York City, was the son of noted religious philosopher Henry James, Sr., and brother of eminent psychologist and philosopher William James. He spent his early life in America and studied in Geneva, London and Paris during his adolescence to gain the worldly experience so prized by his father. He lived in Newport, went briefly to Harvard Law School, and in 1864 began to contribute both criticism and tales to magazines.

In 1869, and then in 1872-74, he paid visits to Europe and began his first novel, Roderick Hudson. Late in 1875 he settled in Paris, where he met Turgenev, Flaubert, and Zola, and wrote The American (1877). In December 1876 he moved to London, where two years later he achieved international fame with Daisy Miller. Other famous works include Washington Square (1880), The Portrait of a Lady (1881), The Princess Casamassima (1886), The Aspern Papers (1888), The Turn of the Screw (1898), and three large novels of the new century, The Wings of the Dove (1902), The Ambassadors (1903) and The Golden Bowl (1904). In 1905 he revisited the United States and wrote The American Scene (1907).

During his career he also wrote many works of criticism and travel. Although old and ailing, he threw himself into war work in 1914, and in 1915, a few months before his death, he became a British subject. In 1916 King George V conferred the Order of Merit on him. He died in London in February 1916.

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