Henry James

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Henry James Jr.
Henry James in 1890
Henry James in 1890
Born(1843-04-15)April 15, 1843
New York City, United States
DiedFebruary 28, 1916(1916-02-28) (aged 72)
London, England
NationalityAmerican, British
Alma materHarvard Law School
Notable worksThe Turn of the Screw
The Portrait of a Lady
The Wings of the Dove
Daisy Miller
The Ambassadors
RelativesHenry James, Sr. (father), William James (brother), Alice James (sister)

Henry James OM (1843–1916) was an Anglo-American novelist. He was one of the most important literary people of the late 19th century. James was the son of Henry James Senior, a clergyman, and the brother of William James, the psychologist and philosopher. He grew up mostly in the United States but spent the majority of his life in England. He became a British citizen in 1915. His sister, Alice James, was also a writer.

Novels[change | change source]

In his novels, he wrote from the viewpoint of one of the characters. Some literary critics compared this to impressionist painting. In his own literary criticism, James insisted that writers be allowed the greatest possible freedom in how they looked at the world. He thought a text should be realistic, and its account of life be recognisable to its readers. Good novels, to James, show life in action and are interesting.

Other books[change | change source]

He published fictional books, articles and books of travel, biography, autobiography, and criticism, and wrote plays, some of which were performed during his lifetime. His plays probably influenced his later novels and tales.