The Wings of the Dove

The Wings of the Dove


Introduction by: Millicent Bell
Editor: Millicent Bell
Editor:
Noted by: Millicent Bell

Format
Paperback
Price
$13.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141441283
  • 608 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

Emerging from the grit and stigma of poverty to a life of fairytale privilege under the wing of her aunt, the beautiful and financially ambitious Kate Croy is already romantically involved with promising journalist Merton Densher when they become acquainted with Milly Theale, a New York socialite of immense wealth. Learning of Milly’s mortal illness and passionate attraction to Densher, Kate sets the scene for a romantic betrayal intended to secure her lasting financial security. As the dying Milly retreats within the carnival splendour of a Venetian palazzo, becoming the frail hub of a predatory circle of fortune-seekers, James unfolds a resonant, brooding tale of doomed passion, betrayal, human resilience and remorse.

Praise

The Wings of the Dove represents the pinnacle of James’s prose.”—Louis Auchincloss
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