Library Of America Volume Collects Four Novels Written By Henry James In The Period Immediately Following His Unsuccessful Five Year Long Attempt To Establish Himself As A Playwright On The London Stage Hoping To Convert His Infinite Little Loss Into Infinite Little Gain, James Returned To The Novelistic Examination Of English Society With A New Appreciation For What He Called The Divine Principle Of The Scenario, A Key That, Working In The Same General Way Fits The Complicated Chambers Of Both The Dramatic And The Narrative Lock His Trailer ☆ Novels 1896–1899: The Other House / The Spoils of Poynton / What Maisie Knew / The Awkward Age PDF by í Henry James Continued Interest In Dramatic Form Is Demonstrated In The Other House, Which Was Derived From The Scenario For A Three Act Play Set In Two Neighboring Houses And Told Mostly Through Dialogue, The Novel Explores The Violent And Tragic Consequences Of Jealousy And Frustrated Passion In The Spoils Of Poynton, One Of The Most Tightly Constructed Of James S Late Novels, A House And Its Exquisite Antique Furnishings And Artwork Become The Source Of A Protracted Struggle Involving The Proud And Imperious Mrs Gereth, Her Amiable Son, Owen, His Philistine Fianc E, Mona Brigstock, And The Sensitive Fleda Vetch, Whose Moral Judgment Is Tested By Her Conflicting AllegiancesWhat Maisie KnewExplores With Perception And Sensitivity The Effect Upon A Young Girl Of Her Parents Bitter Divorce And Their Subsequent Remarriages In Writing The Novel James Chose As His Point Of View What He Described As The Consciousness, The Dim, Sweet, Scared, Wondering, Clinging Perception Of The Child The Awkward AgeExamines The Complicated Relations Among The Members Of A Sophisticated London Social Circle Almost Entirely Through Dialogue As It Depicts The Shifting Marital Prospects Of A Young Woman Poised On The Verge Of Adult Life Both Of These Novels Insightfully Explore The Ambiguity Of Childhood Innocence Amid Adult Struggles Over Money, Power, And Love Review of The Other House Not one of James s better efforts and it is not a mystery to me that it has not been reprinted in many decades, perhaps since its first appearance This is an adaptation of a play that James could not get staged from the evidence it was probably a pretty mediocre bit of drama as well, with the sensationalist bit of the plot arriving far too late and to little purpose, really to make the book interesting Not really worth the trouble of reading unless you re curious. For the other three novels in this volume, please see my individual reviews of the works. æ Novels 1896–1899: The Other House / The Spoils of Poynton / What Maisie Knew / The Awkward Age É The first novel in this volume The Other House is downright weird and didn t quite work for me, but the other three are gems, each in its own way James is not everybody s cup of tea, but if you ve enjoyed any of his earlier novels, these three kick it up a notch and set the stage for his final works, which are some of the greatest in American literature. The 3 stars are for What Maisie Knew Typical Jamesian writing, with respect to which I am of two minds Sometimes, it s entrancing At other times, it is torture James s use of language in this book wasaccessible than, say, The Golden Bowl, but that s not saying much The plot and scene construction were above average for a James novel As for the characters, I did love the bad parents true, timeless role models The whole book reminds me of a saying from the 1960s, as modified for the occasion never trust anyone over 3.
Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr., brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the