The American by Henry James

The American

byHenry JamesEditorAdrian Poole

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`You you a nun; you with your beauty defaced and your nature wasted you behind locks and bars! Never, never, if I can prevent it!' A wealthy American man of business descends on Europe in search of a wife to make his fortune complete. In Paris Christopher Newman is introduced to Claire de Cintre, daughter of the ancient House of Bellegarde, and to Valentin, her charming young brother. His bid for Claire's hand receives an icywelcome from the heads of the family, an elder brother and their formidable mother, the old Marquise. Can they stomach his manners for the sake of his dollars? Out of this classic collision between the old world and the new, James weaves a fable of thwarted desire that shifts between comedy,tragedy, romance and melodrama a fable which in the later version printed here takes on some of the subtleties associated with this greatest novels.

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Adrian Poole is Reader in English and Comparative Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge.
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Title:The AmericanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.75 inPublished:August 30, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199555206

ISBN - 13:9780199555208

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AcknowledgementsIntroductionNote on the TextSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Henry JamesThe AmericanAppendix 1. The Stage VersionsAppendix 2. the Revised Version for the New York EditionExplanatory NotesGlossary of French Words and Phrases