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Henry James (1) [1843–1916]

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

For other authors named Henry James, see the disambiguation page.

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The Portrait of a Lady 9,600 copies, 113 reviews
The Turn of the Screw 6,544 copies, 201 reviews
Washington Square 3,767 copies, 77 reviews
The Ambassadors 3,384 copies, 37 reviews
Daisy Miller 3,167 copies, 69 reviews
The Wings of the Dove 2,933 copies, 31 reviews
The Bostonians 2,369 copies, 26 reviews
The Golden Bowl 2,363 copies, 21 reviews
What Maisie Knew 1,848 copies, 37 reviews
The American 1,797 copies, 20 reviews
The Europeans: A Sketch 1,401 copies, 15 reviews
The Aspern Papers 743 copies, 25 reviews
The Spoils of Poynton 659 copies, 7 reviews
The Awkward Age 643 copies, 2 reviews
The Princess Casamassima 621 copies, 11 reviews
Roderick Hudson 408 copies, 4 reviews
Novels: 1871-1880 400 copies, 3 reviews
Novels: 1881-1886 378 copies, 5 reviews
Italian Hours 294 copies, 1 review
Literary Criticism, Vol. 1 283 copies, 1 review
The Beast in the Jungle 281 copies, 8 reviews
Novels: 1886-1890 263 copies, 3 reviews
Ghost Stories of Henry James 258 copies, 3 reviews
The Tragic Muse 257 copies, 5 reviews
The Lesson of the Master 251 copies, 8 reviews
The Portable Henry James 239 copies, 1 review
Literary Criticism, Vol. 2 235 copies, 1 review
Selected Short Stories 223 copies, 2 reviews
The Sacred Fount 217 copies, 2 reviews
A Little Tour in France 212 copies, 1 review
Daisy Miller, and Other Stories 197 copies, 2 reviews
The Other House 196 copies, 8 reviews
The Figure in the Carpet 177 copies, 6 reviews
The Outcry 175 copies, 3 reviews
English hours 160 copies, 3 reviews
Selected Tales 157 copies
The American Scene 136 copies, 2 reviews
Short Novels of the Masters (Contributor) 132 copies, 1 review
In the Cage 132 copies, 5 reviews
The Ivory Tower 118 copies, 1 review
Stories of the Supernatural (Author) 116 copies, 1 review
Novels 1903-1911 105 copies
The Notebooks of Henry James 96 copies, 1 review
Hawthorne 91 copies, 2 reviews
Selected Fiction 81 copies, 1 review
Confidence 75 copies, 2 reviews
The Coxon Fund 67 copies, 2 reviews
The Altar of the Dead 64 copies, 5 reviews
The Pupil 62 copies, 5 reviews
The Jolly Corner 62 copies, 4 reviews
Watch and Ward 62 copies, 1 review
In the Cage and Other Stories 52 copies, 1 review
Henry James: Selected Letters 49 copies, 1 review
The Wings of the Dove, vol. 1 47 copies, 2 reviews
The Diary of a Man of Fifty 45 copies, 1 review
An International Episode 44 copies, 1 review
A London Life 41 copies, 1 review
Henry James: Autobiography 39 copies, 1 review
The Real Thing 33 copies
Lady Barberina 32 copies, 1 review
The Middle Years 30 copies, 1 review
Greville Fane 29 copies
Daisy Miller and Other Stories 28 copies, 1 review
Literary Reviews and Essays 25 copies, 1 review
Relatos 24 copies, 1 review
Professor Fargo 20 copies, 1 review
The Finer Grain 20 copies, 1 review
The Patagonia 20 copies
Four Meetings 17 copies
Embarrassments 17 copies, 1 review
The Author of Beltraffio 16 copies, 2 reviews
Some Short Stories 15 copies, 1 review
Nine Tales 15 copies
The Chaperon 14 copies
The Papers 14 copies, 2 reviews
Julia Bride 13 copies
Pandora 13 copies
Owen Wingrave 13 copies
Glasses 13 copies
Racconti italiani 12 copies, 1 review
Benvolio 12 copies
The Marriages 12 copies
Terminations 11 copies
Poor Richard 11 copies
The Better Sort 10 copies
Nona Vincent 10 copies
Stories from six authors (Contributor) 10 copies, 1 review
On Provence 9 copies, 1 review
The Private Life (Author) 8 copies, 1 review
A Landscape Painter 8 copies, 1 review
Travelling Companions 7 copies, 2 reviews
The Siege of London 7 copies, 1 review
Romanzi brevi 7 copies
The Two Faces 7 copies, 1 review
Tales 6 copies
La Imaginación Literaria 6 copies, 1 review
The Soft Side 6 copies, 1 review
Letters 6 copies
Seven Tales 5 copies, 1 review
Brooksmith 5 copies, 1 review
Racconti 5 copies
Italian Tales 5 copies, 1 review
Cuatro fantasmas 5 copies, 1 review
Impressions (Introduction) 4 copies
Fantasmas 4 copies
London 4 copies, 1 review
La revanche 4 copies
Maud-Evelyn 4 copies
Romanzi 4 copies
Lord Beaupre 3 copies
Paste 3 copies
Le prefazioni 3 copies
Vacaciones en Roma 3 copies, 1 review
The Solution 2 copies
Daisy Miller 2 copies
Adina 2 copies
Noveller 2 copies
50 Great Short Stories (Contributor) 995 copies, 8 reviews
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (Contributor, some editions) 814 copies, 6 reviews
The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (Contributor) 648 copies, 2 reviews
The Dark Descent (Contributor) 582 copies, 12 reviews
Short Story Masterpieces (Contributor) 546 copies, 4 reviews
The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories (Contributor) 483 copies, 7 reviews
The Oxford Book of Victorian Ghost Stories (Contributor) 444 copies, 5 reviews
The Oxford Book of Short Stories (Contributor) 439 copies, 3 reviews
Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature (Contributor) 435 copies, 7 reviews
American Gothic Tales (Contributor) 376 copies, 5 reviews
Fifty Great American Short Stories (Contributor) 361 copies, 3 reviews
Points of View: Revised Edition (Contributor) 361 copies, 6 reviews
Critical Theory Since Plato (Contributor, some editions) 344 copies
Fantastic Tales: Visionary and Everyday (Contributor) 341 copies, 9 reviews
American Supernatural Tales (Contributor) 325 copies, 5 reviews
Best Short Stories of the Modern Age (Contributor, some editions) 303 copies, 4 reviews
The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction (Contributor) 299 copies
Ghosts: A Treasury of Chilling Tales Old & New (Contributor) 277 copies, 1 review
A Treasury of Short Stories (Contributor) 255 copies
Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology (Contributor) 253 copies, 3 reviews
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (Contributor) 238 copies, 4 reviews
Hauntings: Tales of the Supernatural (Contributor) 198 copies, 5 reviews
Late Victorian Gothic Tales (Contributor) 159 copies
The Penguin Book of American Short Stories (Contributor) 158 copies, 1 review
Sixteen Short Novels (Contributor) 150 copies
Classic Ghost Stories (Contributor) 141 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of Horror Stories (Contributor) 125 copies, 1 review
Life in the Iron Mills [Bedford Cultural Editions] (Contributor) 119 copies, 1 review
The Penguin Book of Ghost Stories (Contributor) 108 copies
The Norton Book of Travel (Contributor) 103 copies, 1 review
The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories (Contributor) 97 copies
Magical Realist Fiction: An Anthology (Contributor) 89 copies, 1 review
Treasury Of Gothic & Supernatural (Contributor) 87 copies, 3 reviews
American Fantastic Tales (Contributor) 86 copies, 2 reviews
The American Fantasy Tradition (Contributor) 85 copies, 2 reviews
American Short Stories (Contributor, some editions) 72 copies
The Folio Book of Short Novels (Contributor) 65 copies, 1 review
Delphi Complete Works of Charles Dickens (Illustrated) (Contributor, some editions) 63 copies
Nightshade: 20th Century Ghost Stories (Contributor) 62 copies, 2 reviews
Masters of the Macabre (Contributor) 59 copies
The Medusa In The Shield (Dark Descent) (Contributor) 57 copies, 1 review
Seven Short Novel Masterpieces (Contributor) 56 copies
New York (Contributor) 55 copies, 2 reviews
The Whole Family: A Novel (Contributor) 54 copies, 2 reviews
The Innocents [1961 film] (Original novel) 53 copies
The Giant Book of Ghost Stories (Contributor) 51 copies, 1 review
65 Great Tales of Horror (Contributor) 46 copies
Eleven Modern Short Novels (Contributor) 46 copies, 1 review
The Norton Book Of Ghost Stories (Contributor) 45 copies, 1 review
The old East Side, an anthology (Contributor) 34 copies
The Portrait of a Lady [1996 film] (Original story) 33 copies, 1 review
The Odd Number: Thirteen Tales (Introduction, some editions) 31 copies, 1 review
The Wings of the Dove [1997 film] (Original story) 31 copies
XII Twelve Short Novels (Contributor) 29 copies
The World's Greatest Ghost Stories (Contributor) 26 copies
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Washington Square [1997 film] (Original book) 23 copies, 1 review
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The Mystery Book (Contributor) 23 copies
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Nursery Crimes (Contributor) 18 copies, 1 review
The Golden Bowl [2000 film] (Original book) 17 copies
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The Turn of the Screw (Author, some editions) 15 copies
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The Fireside Book of Ghost Stories (Contributor) 15 copies
The Bostonians [1984 film] (Original novel) 14 copies, 1 review
Nine Short Novels (Contributor) 14 copies
Great Short Novels of the World (Contributor) 12 copies
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Kipling and the Critics (Contributor) 6 copies
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The American [1998 film] (Original book) 4 copies
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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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