The Diary of a Man of Fifty
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Diary of a Man of Fifty by Henry James
Book DescriptionReturning to Florence after 25 years of military service, a man of fifty finds himself haunted by memories of a thwarted love affair which took place on the banks of the Arno during his youth. On enquiring after the erstwhile object of his affections, he encounters a young man in amorous pursuit of her daughter. Eager to spare his young friend the sorrow which has marred his own adult life, the man of fifty finds himself deliberating the morality of recounting his own story, which may have profound effects on the lives of the younger generation of lovers. Published a year previously to "The Portrait of a Lady", "The Diary of a Man of Fifty" touches on themes that were to dominate James' major fiction, such as the suggestibility of youth and the dubious morality of influence. With characteristic psychological insight and a youthful fluency of expression, the early James demonstrates himself already to be a master the art of fiction.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781843911784
(193mm x 124mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Hesperus Press Ltd
Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Henry James
American, Paperback (June 2017)
A nouveau riche American romances a Frenchwoman but is rejected by her aristocratic family in this masterly tale. James contrasts Old and New World values with his customary grace, eloquence, and subtle wit.
Selected Short Stories, Paperback (June 2017)
Featured tales include "Lord Beaupre," concerning a bogus engagement; "Sir Dominick Ferrand," in which a writer faces a moral quandary; and "The Middle Years," recounting an author's reflections on his achievements.
Outcry, Hardback (November 2016)View all books by Henry James
The first authoritative edition of Henry James's last completed novel, The Outcry (1911).
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Author Biography - Henry James
One of the leading figures in nineteenth-century American literature, Henry James (1843-1916) was a novelist, playwright and literary critic who settled in England. His most famous works include The Portrait of a Lady (1881), The Turn of the Screw (1898) and The Golden Bowl (1904).
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