Everything you need to understand or teach The Jolly Corner by Henry James.
At age fifty-six, Spencer Brydon returns to New York City after spending thirty-three years of his life in Europe. When he left New York, he left behind his family and a promising business career to pursue his appreciation of art. While he is quick to remind himself that he returned merely for the practical task of looking into two pieces of property that he has inherited after the death of his brothers, he is also curious to see how his hometown has changed over the years.
He is shocked by what he finds: the monstrous skyscrapers; the crush of the crowds; the exciting bustle of the social scene; and the thriving economy. Overwhelmed by the change, Spencer feels alienated from the people around him.
While in New York, Spencer renews an acquaintance with an old friend, Alice Staverton. Spencer's family—his parents, two brothers and "favourite sister"—are dead and... View more of the The Jolly Corner Summary