Henry James

Henry James

Henry James
1843 -1916

Henry James Biography

Henry James was an American-British author and literary critic, who lived from 1843 to 1916. He is considered one of the most important figures in literary realism, and his novels and short stories are known for their psychological complexity and exploration of the themes of consciousness, personal identity, and social class.

James was born in New York City to a prominent and wealthy family. He spent much of his childhood in Europe and returned to the United States as a young adult. He began his writing career as a journalist and critic before turning to fiction. His early novels, such as "Roderick Hudson" and "The American," were well received but it was not until the publication of "The Portrait of a Lady" in 1881 that he achieved international fame. He continued to write novels, short stories, and travel writing throughout his career, and many of his later works, such as "The Wings of the Dove," "The Ambassadors," and "The Golden Bowl" are considered among the greatest works of fiction in the English language.

James was also an important literary critic, and wrote extensively on the work of other authors, including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edith Wharton and Balzac. He became a British citizen in 1915 and died the following year in London.

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