About Henry James

Works Online

A Bundle of Letters
A Little Tour In France
An International Episode
Daisy Miller: A Study In Two Parts
In The Cage
Mrs. Medwin
Roderick Hudson
The Altar of the Dead
The Ambassadors
The American
The Aspern Papers
The Beast in the Jungle
The Coxon Fund
The Death of the Lion
The Diary of a Man of Fifty
The Europeans
The Figure in the Carpet
The Jolly Corner
The Lesson of the Master
The Madonna of the Future
The Marriages
The Patagonia
The Portrait of a Lady
The Pupil
The Real Thing
The Story Of It
The Turn of the Screw


04/15/1843 Henry James was born in New York City into a wealthy family. His father, Henry James Sr., was one of the best-known intellectuals in mid-nineteenth-century America, whose friends included Thoreau, Emerson and Hawthorne

Approx 1853 In his youth James traveled back and forth between Europe and America. He studied with tutors in Geneva, London, Paris, Bologna and Bonn.

Approx 1862 At the age of 19 he briefly attended Harvard Law School, but preferred reading literature to studying law.

1871 Watch And Ward

1879 Daisy Miller,where the young and innocent American, Daisy finds her values in conflict with European sophistication

1881 The Portrait Of A Lady,where again a young American woman becomes a victim of her provincialism during her travels in Europe.

1886 The Bostonians, was set in the era of the rising feminist movement.

1897 What Maisie Knew, depicted a preadolescent young girl, who must chose between her parents and a motherly old governess

1902 The Wings Of The Dove, a heritage destroys the love of a young couple.

1903 The Ambassadors

1905 James visited America, this was the first time in 25 years he revisited his home country

Approx 1906 Between 1906 and 1910 James revised many of his tales and novels for the New York edition of his complete works.

1913 His autobiography, A Small Boy And Others

1914 His autobiography was continued in Notes Of A Son And Brother

1915 The outbreak of World War I was a shock for James. He became a British citizen as a declaration of loyalty to his adopted country and in protest against the US`s refusal to enter the war.

12/02/1915 James suffered a stroke

02/28/1916 He died three months later in Rye

1917 The third volume of his autobiography, The Middle Years, was published posthumously

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