Selected Tales (James, Henry)

Selected Tales (James, Henry)

Introduction by: John Lyon

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140436945
  • 704 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


Throughout his life, Henry James was drawn to the short story form for the freedom and variety it offered. The nineteen stories in this selection span James’s career, from brief tales to longer works, all exploring his concerns with the old world and the new, money, fame and art. ‘Daisy Miller’, the work that first brought him fame, depicts a bold, unsophisticated American girl abroad, and ‘In the Cage’ portrays a young telegraphist’s romantic fantasies about customers who send telegrams from her post office. In ‘The Birthplace’ a Stratford tour guide embellishes the Shakespeare legend, while in the late masterpiece ‘The Jolly Corner’, an elderly American returns from Europe and encounters a strange apparition. Haunting, witty and beautifully drawn, James’s tales are as complex and resonant as his novels.

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Table of Contents

Further Reading
A Henry James Chronology
A Note on the Texts
Four Meetings
Daisy Miller
The Pension Beaurepas
The Lesson of the Master
The Pupil
The Real Thing
Greville Fane
The Middle Years
The Death of the Lion
The Figure in the Carpet
In the Cage
The Real Right Thing
Broken Wings
The Abasement of the Northmores
The Beast in the Jungle
The Birthplace
Fordham Castle
Julia Bride
The Jolly Corner
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