The Wings of the Dove Summary
In The Wings of the Dove, Henry James provides a rather unique approach to the timeless issues of selfishness, greed, conspiracy, love, and betrayal - universal themes in literature since early Greek theater. James sets his novel in turn-of-the-century London, a society that remains steeped in Victorian tradition and social mores that appear ridiculous to the contemporary youthful reader.
Kate Croy is in love with a poor journalist, Merton Densher. Unfortunately, despite her meager upbringing, Kate is now living with her wealthy and socially elite Aunt Maud Lowder, a woman who will never agree to their marriage. Social mores demand Maud's approval, and Kate and Merton are therefore at an impasse in their relationship. Enter Milly Theale, a lovely, altruistic heiress from America, who has no family and who is terminally ill. Once apprised of Milly's medical situation, Kate launches a plan to achieve marriage with Densher. He...
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Henry James Biographies (6)
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The American author Henry James (1843-1916) was one of the major novelists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His works deal largely with the impact of Europe and its society on Americans.Henr...
16,638 words, approx. 56 pages
The first important fact in the life of Henry James is the wealth of his paternal grandfather, the Irish immigrant William James (1771-1832), who, when he died in Albany, New York, left a fortune of $...
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Henry James was a highly self-conscious author with a systematic interest in the techniques of novel writing--an interest that culminated in the landmark prefaces to the New York Edition of his own wo...
9,463 words, approx. 32 pages
Henry James was one of the most prolific of major American writers, having written more than four million words of fiction and about the same amount of nonfiction; in addition, about fifteen thousand ...
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Traveling often throughout his long and productive life, Henry James wrote fiction and travel literature about Americans in Europe and Europeans in America during the great epoch of transatlantic to...
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Biography EssayThe first important fact in the life of Henry James is the wealth of his paternal grandfather, the Irish immigrant William James (1771-1832), who, when he died in Albany, New York, left...