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Henry James (1) [1843–1916]

This page covers the author of The Portrait of a Lady.

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Henry James (1) has been aliased into Henry James, Jr..

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The Portrait of a Lady 10,667 copies, 127 reviews
The Turn of the Screw 7,606 copies, 238 reviews
Washington Square (Author) 4,219 copies, 85 reviews
The Ambassadors 3,800 copies, 42 reviews
Daisy Miller 3,482 copies, 79 reviews
The Wings of the Dove 3,274 copies, 38 reviews
The Bostonians 2,648 copies, 30 reviews
The Golden Bowl (Author) 2,625 copies, 29 reviews
What Maisie Knew 2,026 copies, 39 reviews
The American 1,983 copies, 23 reviews
The Europeans: A Sketch 1,560 copies, 21 reviews
The Aspern Papers 826 copies, 28 reviews
The Spoils of Poynton 740 copies, 7 reviews
The Awkward Age 701 copies, 3 reviews
The Princess Casamassima 684 copies, 13 reviews
Roderick Hudson 451 copies, 5 reviews
Novels: 1871-1880 426 copies, 4 reviews
Novels: 1881-1886 398 copies, 6 reviews
The Beast in the Jungle 331 copies, 9 reviews
Italian Hours 327 copies, 1 review
Literary Criticism, Vol. 1 306 copies, 1 review
Ghost Stories of Henry James 285 copies, 3 reviews
The Tragic Muse 285 copies, 5 reviews
Novels: 1886-1890 280 copies, 3 reviews
The Lesson of the Master 277 copies, 9 reviews
The Portable Henry James 263 copies, 1 review
Novels 1896–1899 257 copies, 1 review
Literary Criticism, Vol. 2 257 copies, 2 reviews
Selected Short Stories 245 copies, 2 reviews
The Sacred Fount 242 copies, 3 reviews
The Figure in the Carpet 235 copies, 8 reviews
A Little Tour in France 234 copies, 1 review
The Other House 223 copies, 9 reviews
Daisy Miller, and Other Stories 212 copies, 2 reviews
The Outcry 197 copies, 3 reviews
English hours 180 copies, 3 reviews
Selected Tales 172 copies
In the Cage 153 copies, 6 reviews
The American Scene 146 copies, 2 reviews
The Ivory Tower 132 copies, 1 review
Stories of the Supernatural (Author) 131 copies, 1 review
Novels 1903-1911 125 copies
Henry James: A Life in Letters 123 copies, 1 review
The Notebooks of Henry James 106 copies, 1 review
Hawthorne 103 copies, 2 reviews
The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1 103 copies, 2 reviews
The Short Stories of Henry James 102 copies, 4 reviews
Confidence 92 copies, 4 reviews
Selected Fiction 90 copies, 1 review
The Altar of the Dead 79 copies, 6 reviews
Watch and Ward 77 copies, 3 reviews
The Pupil 74 copies, 7 reviews
The Coxon Fund 72 copies, 3 reviews
The Jolly Corner 70 copies, 5 reviews
Henry James: Selected Letters 55 copies, 1 review
The Diary of a Man of Fifty 51 copies, 2 reviews
The Wings of the Dove, vol. 1 50 copies, 2 reviews
In the Cage and Other Stories 50 copies, 2 reviews
An International Episode 45 copies, 1 review
A London Life 44 copies, 1 review
The Death of the Lion 44 copies, 1 review
Henry James: Autobiography 42 copies, 1 review
Lady Barberina 40 copies, 1 review
The Real Thing 38 copies, 1 review
Relatos 37 copies, 1 review
The Middle Years 34 copies, 2 reviews
Greville Fane 32 copies
Daisy Miller and Other Stories 31 copies, 2 reviews
Literary Reviews and Essays 24 copies, 1 review
Pandora 23 copies
Nine Tales 22 copies, 1 review
The Patagonia 22 copies
The Papers 21 copies, 2 reviews
Professor Fargo 21 copies, 1 review
The Finer Grain 20 copies, 1 review
Embarrassments 20 copies, 1 review
Four Meetings 17 copies
Julia Bride 17 copies
The Marriages 16 copies
The Author of Beltraffio 16 copies, 2 reviews
Some Short Stories 16 copies, 1 review
The Chaperon 15 copies
Racconti italiani 15 copies, 1 review
Poor Richard 14 copies
Owen Wingrave 14 copies
Benvolio 13 copies
Glasses 13 copies
The Better Sort 13 copies
Terminations 13 copies
Travelling Companions 11 copies, 3 reviews
Stories from six authors (Contributor) 11 copies, 1 review
Daisy Miller and Other Stories 11 copies, 1 review
A Landscape Painter 10 copies, 1 review
Nona Vincent 10 copies
Sir Edmund Orme 10 copies, 1 review
On Provence 9 copies, 1 review
The Siege of London 8 copies, 1 review
The Private Life (Author) 8 copies, 1 review
Letters 8 copies
Romanzi brevi 8 copies
The Two Faces 7 copies, 1 review
Brooksmith 7 copies, 2 reviews
Tales 7 copies
Cuatro fantasmas 7 copies, 1 review
La Imaginación Literaria 6 copies, 1 review
Seven Tales 6 copies, 1 review
The Soft Side 6 copies, 1 review
Romanzi 6 copies
La revanche 5 copies
Italian Tales 5 copies, 1 review
Racconti 5 copies
Fantasmas 5 copies
London 4 copies, 1 review
Impressions (Introduction) 4 copies
Maud-Evelyn 4 copies
Tres relatos 4 copies, 1 review
Le prefazioni 3 copies
O mentiroso 3 copies, 1 review
Lord Beaupre 3 copies
Adina 3 copies
Paste 3 copies
Vacaciones en Roma 3 copies, 1 review
Noveller 2 copies
El pupilo 2 copies
Carnets 2 copies
At Isella 2 copies
George Sand 2 copies
The Solution 2 copies
A Problem 2 copies
Foreign parts 2 copies
O Duchach 1 copy
Collection 1 copy
Romans 1 copy
Nouvelles 1 copy
Romanzi 1 copy
Lo scolaro 1 copy

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50 Great Short Stories (Contributor) 1,159 copies, 8 reviews
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 882 copies, 7 reviews
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (Contributor) 712 copies, 3 reviews
The Dark Descent (Contributor) 680 copies, 13 reviews
Short Story Masterpieces (Contributor) 628 copies, 3 reviews
The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories (Contributor) 523 copies, 7 reviews
The Oxford Book of Short Stories (Contributor) 493 copies, 3 reviews
The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories (Contributor) 492 copies, 6 reviews
Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature (Contributor) 478 copies, 8 reviews
Great American Short Stories (Contributor) 466 copies, 2 reviews
American Gothic Tales (Contributor) 426 copies, 5 reviews
Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday (Contributor) 411 copies, 12 reviews
Fifty Great American Short Stories (Contributor) 410 copies, 3 reviews
American Supernatural Tales (Contributor) 407 copies, 5 reviews
Points of View: Revised Edition (Contributor) 395 copies, 5 reviews
Critical Theory Since Plato (Contributor, some editions) 386 copies, 1 review
Best Short Stories of the Modern Age (Contributor, some editions) 328 copies, 4 reviews
The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction (Contributor) 317 copies
Ghosts: A Treasury of Chilling Tales Old & New (Contributor) 312 copies, 2 reviews
Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology (Contributor) 285 copies, 3 reviews
A Treasury of Short Stories (Contributor) 282 copies
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (Contributor) 265 copies, 4 reviews
The Treasury of American Short Stories (Contributor) 254 copies, 1 review
Hauntings: Tales of the Supernatural (Contributor) 215 copies, 6 reviews
Criticism: Major Statements (Contributor) 209 copies
Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural (Contributor) 191 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of American Short Stories (Contributor) 180 copies, 1 review
Late Victorian Gothic Tales (Contributor) 178 copies
Sixteen Short Novels (Contributor) 169 copies
Classic Ghost Stories (Contributor) 156 copies, 1 review
Short Novels of the Masters (Contributor) 146 copies, 1 review
Life in the Iron Mills [Bedford Cultural Editions] (Contributor) 137 copies, 2 reviews
The Penguin Book of Horror Stories (Contributor) 135 copies, 2 reviews
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (Contributor) 129 copies, 1 review
A Literary Christmas: An Anthology (Contributor) 120 copies, 2 reviews
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories (Contributor) 119 copies, 1 review
Shadows of Carcosa: Tales of Cosmic Horror (Contributor) 117 copies, 3 reviews
The Norton Book of Travel (Contributor) 108 copies, 1 review
Haunted America: Star-Spangled Supernatural Stories (Contributor) 107 copies, 1 review
Magical Realist Fiction: An Anthology (Contributor) 106 copies, 1 review
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories (Contributor) 106 copies
Norton Introduction to the Short Novel (Contributor) 97 copies, 1 review
Treasury Of Gothic & Supernatural (Contributor) 95 copies, 3 reviews
American Fantastic Tales: Boxed Set (Contributor) 90 copies, 2 reviews
The American Fantasy Tradition (Contributor) 89 copies, 2 reviews
American Short Stories (Contributor, some editions) 87 copies
Delphi Complete Works of Charles Dickens (Illustrated) (Contributor, some editions) 76 copies
The Folio Book of Short Novels (Contributor) 74 copies, 1 review
The Innocents [1961 film] (Original novel) 72 copies, 2 reviews
Masters of the Macabre (Contributor) 65 copies
The Medusa In The Shield (Dark Descent) (Contributor) 64 copies, 1 review
Nightshade: 20th Century Ghost Stories (Contributor) 63 copies, 2 reviews
The Whole Family: A Novel (Contributor) 60 copies, 2 reviews
Seven Short Novel Masterpieces (Contributor) 60 copies
New York (Contributor) 58 copies, 2 reviews
65 Great Tales of Horror (Contributor) 55 copies
The Giant Book of Ghost Stories (Contributor) 54 copies, 1 review
Eleven Modern Short Novels (Contributor) 49 copies, 1 review
The Norton Book Of Ghost Stories (Contributor) 48 copies, 1 review
Victorian Love Stories: An Oxford Anthology (Contributor) 47 copies, 1 review
The Oxford Book of Sea Stories (Contributor) 45 copies, 1 review
The Portrait of a Lady [1996 film] (Original story) 40 copies, 1 review
The old East Side, an anthology (Contributor) 38 copies
The Wings of the Dove [1997 film] (Original story) 36 copies
The World's Greatest Ghost Stories (Contributor) 33 copies
XII Twelve Short Novels (Contributor) 33 copies, 1 review
The Odd Number: Thirteen Tales (Introduction, some editions) 32 copies, 1 review
The Mystery Book (Contributor) 28 copies
Washington Square [1997 film] (Original book) 27 copies, 1 review
Twelve Victorian Ghost Stories (Contributor) 27 copies
American short novels (Contributor) 25 copies
Ten Modern Short Novels (Contributor) 25 copies
Nursery Crimes (Contributor) 23 copies, 1 review
Venice Stories (Contributor) 22 copies, 1 review
Eight Short Novels (Contributor) 22 copies
Great English Short Stories (Contributor) 20 copies, 1 review
The Bostonians [1984 film] (Original novel) 18 copies, 1 review
The Golden Bowl [2000 film] (Original book) 18 copies, 2 reviews
Horror by Lamplight (Contributor) 17 copies
Nine Short Novels (Contributor) 16 copies
Tales of the Occult (Author, some editions) 16 copies
The Fireside Book of Ghost Stories (Contributor) 15 copies
Four great American novels (Contributor) 15 copies
The Turn of the Screw (Author, some editions) 15 copies
Great Short Novels of the World (Contributor) 14 copies
More ghosts and marvels (Contributor) 7 copies
Kipling and the Critics (Contributor) 6 copies
Vijf Amerikaanse novellen (Contributor) 5 copies
Seven Novellas (Contributor) 4 copies
The American [1998 film] (Original book) 4 copies
The Europeans [1979 film] (Original book) 4 copies
The Golden Bowl [1972 BBC mini series] (Original story) 4 copies
Twelve short novels (Contributor) 3 copies
Z Duchami Przy Wigilijnym Stole (Contributor) 3 copies
Fantastyczne Opowieści (Contributor) 1 copy

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Henry James (15 April 1843 – 28 February 1916) was an American author, who became a British subject in the last year of his life, regarded as a key transitional figure between literary realism and literary modernism and is considered by many to be among the greatest novelists in the English language. He was the son of Henry James Sr. and the brother of renowned philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James.

He is best known for a number of novels dealing with the social and marital interplay between émigré Americans, English people, and continental Europeans. Examples of such novels include The Portrait of a Lady, The Ambassadors, and The Wings of the Dove. His later works were increasingly experimental. In describing the internal states of mind and social dynamics of his characters, James often made use of a style in which ambiguous or contradictory motives and impressions were overlaid or juxtaposed in the discussion of a character's psyche. For their unique ambiguity, as well as for other aspects of their composition, his late works have been compared to impressionist painting.

His novella The Turn of the Screw has garnered a reputation as the most analysed and ambiguous ghost story in the English language and remains his most widely adapted work in other media. He also wrote a number of other highly regarded ghost stories and is considered one of the greatest masters of the field.

James published articles and books of criticism, travel, biography, autobiography, and plays. Born in the United States, James largely relocated to Europe as a young man and eventually settled in England, becoming a British citizen in 1915, one year before his death. James was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911, 1912 and 1916.

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