And, of course, a very great artist for whom art was the highest satisfaction. William Tuckett converted the story into a ballet in 1999. The book is often compared to Jane Austen's work for the clarity and grace of its prose and its intense focus on family relationships. Stories included: The Story of a Masterpiece A Most Extraordinary Case Crawford's Consistency An International Episode The Impressions of a Cousin The Jolly Corner Washington Square Crapy Cornelia A Round of Visits All fiction of Henry James set in New York collected here - in addition to the famous novella Washington Square, eight lesser known tales: The Story of a Masterpiece, A Most Extraordinary Case, Crawford's Consistency, An International Episode, The Impressions of a Cousin, The Jolly Corner, Crapy Cornelia and A Round of Visits. These books portray the development of a classic observer who was passionately interested in artistic creation but was somewhat reticent about participating fully in the life around him.
He encounters both the beauty and the ugliness of Europe, and learns not to take either for granted. What's important is the way Toibin the novelist uses such scenes to suggest the sources of James's distinct artistic consciousness -- to show why he is the father of the psychological novel: ''He wondered at how, every day, as they moved around each other, each of them had stored away an entirely private world to which they could return at the sound of a name, or for no reason at all. Many of his are filled with expressions of affection, but it is never been shown conclusively that any of these expressions were acted out. In his classic essay 1884 , he argued against rigid proscriptions on the novelist's choice of subject and method of treatment. She inherits a large amount of money and subsequently becomes the victim of Machiavellian scheming by two American expatriates. James, he writes, ''left himself with no opportunity to dramatize the scene he imagined since he could not even make it clear. New York stories of Henry James.
. Also included in this New York Review Books edition is Colm Tóibín's extensive Introduction providing context and critical commentary on each story as well as Henry James' All fiction of Henry James set in New York collected here - in addition to the famous novella Washington Square, eight lesser known tales: The Story of a Masterpiece, A Most Extraordinary Case, Crawford's Consistency, An International Episode, The Impressions of a Cousin, The Jolly Corner, Crapy Cornelia and A Round of Visits. For much of his life James was an expatriate, an outsider, living in Europe. This story portrays the confused courtship of the title character, a free-spirited American girl, by Winterbourne, a compatriot of hers with much more sophistication. But other readers have enjoyed the book enough to make it one of the more popular works in the entire Jamesian canon. For all that, it's a bit long for the material.
James contributed significantly to the criticism of fiction, particularly in his insistence that writers be allowed the greatest freedom possible in presenting their view of the world. At the end of a discussion of James's great story ''The Beast in the Jungle'' 1903 , which is about a man who spends his life convinced that some ''rare and strange, possibly prodigious and terrible'' destiny awaits him, only to realize that he's missed what life has had to offer while he's been waiting, Toibin argues that the story ''becomes much darker when you know about James's life. Or perhaps not: it seems entirely Jamesian to be in the presence of a scene that you can read again and again without being able to determine just what, if anything, has happened. How he seemed to hate New York. This novel tells the story of Milly Theale, an American heiress stricken with a serious disease, and her impact on the people around her.
Such disparate writers as Joyce Carol Oates with 1982 were explicitly influenced by James's works. James enjoyed socializing with his many friends and acquaintances, but he seems to have maintained a certain distance from other people. Toibin says that it is in his New York stories that James begins to portray his female characters as untrustworthy, and love as a terrifying and destabilizing force. Henry James was afflicted with a mild stutter. Just as James was beginning his ultimately disastrous attempt to conquer the stage, he wrote 1890. And throughout the book, as Tóibín's fascinating introduction demonstrates, we see James struggling to make sense of a city in whose rapidly changing outlines he discerned both much that he remembered and held dear as well as everything about America and its future that he dreaded most.
Biographers have noted that the change of style occurred at approximately the time that James began dictating his fiction to a secretary. These pieces seem to dissolve - to melt on the page. Even when the influence is not so obvious, James can cast a powerful spell. Henry James led a wandering life, which took him far from his native shores, but he continued to think of New York City, where his family had settled for several years during his childhood, as his hometown. I have to say, both the previous collection of Henry James that I read, and the similarly themed New York Stories of Edith Wharton were better than this collection. The early stories are good, too, although not indispensable.
I told him I couldn't do it. Here Colm Tóibín, the author of the Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel The Master, a portrait of Henry James, brings together for the first time all the stories that James set in New York City. In fact, James was not enthusiastic about Washington Square itself. For him, it would seem, James as both a man and an artist was something prodigious and terrible -- something, in a word, of ''a Problem. Colm Tóibín is the author of five novels, including The Story of the Night, The Blackwater Lightship, and The Heather Blazing. He began to probe his characters' consciousness in a more insightful manner, which had been foreshadowed in such passages as Chapter 42 of The Portrait of a Lady. Gereth, a widow of impeccable taste and iron will, and her son Owen over a houseful of precious antique furniture.
The resulting prose style is at times baroque. I have also long wanted to read Washington Square, having been taken very much by Agnieszka Holland's film adaptation - an adaptation about which I would dare say it would be difficult to do adequate justice in superlatives, though I am not sure many have tried. In the preface to the British edition of his 2001 collection of essays about gay writers and artists, ''Love in a Dark Time: And Other Explorations of Gay Lives and Literature,'' Toibin describes how he recoiled after being invited in 1993 by an editor at The London Review of Books to write about his homosexuality: ''I told him instantly that I couldn't do that,'' Toibin recalls. As with James, the result is both aesthetically and psychologically potent -- and weakened only, perhaps, by certain limitations that tell us more about the author than they do about his ostensible subject, which in this case is, in fact, the ''pure coldness'' that for Toibin was James's life. With Quim Monzó, Darryl Pinckney, Roxanna Robinson, and Colm Tóibín; moderated by Edwin Frank. They had never been fully included in the passion of events and places, becoming watchers and nonparticipants. He tardado meses en acabarlo y creo que lo he conseguido exclusivamente por dignidad.