The "Figure in the Carpet" and Other Stories
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Figure in the Carpet and Other Stories by Henry James
Book DescriptionThe stories in this collection were written mostly between 1888 and 1897, a time when Henry James's writing was concerned with the art of fiction and the position of the artist in society. The motif and title story, 'The Figure in the Carpet', is an inspired joke, a masterpiece of double-entendre that demands the reader's undivided love and attention and continues to baffle its critics. Also included are 'The Author of Beltraffio', an absorbing story of family infighting, authorship and tragedy, and 'The Private Life', a spirited tale that considers the contrast between the artist alone and at work. While many of these stories appear to be elaborate Jamesian games, all employ irony and humour to allegorize artistic creation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140432558
(198mm x 129mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Apr-1986
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
Henry James (1843-1916) American-born writer, gifted with talents in literature, psychology, and philosophy. James wrote 20 novels, 112 stories, 12 plays and a number of literary criticism. His models were Dickens, Balzac, and Hawthorne.
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