The American

The American

eBook - 1999
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A wealthy American man of business descends on Europe in search of a wife to make his fortune complete. His bid for Claire de Cintr--eacute--; hand receives an icy welcome from the heads of her aristocratic family. Can they stomach his manners for the sake of his dollars? Out of this classic collision between the old world and the new, James weaves a fable of thwarted desire that shifts between comedy, tragedy, romance and melodrama a fable which in the later version printed heretakes on some of the subtleties associated with this greatest novels. - ;Ỳou you a nun; you with your beauty deface.
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
ISBN: 9780585384924
0585384924
9780191588808
0191588806
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxxiv, 400 p.)
Additional Contributors: Poole, Adrian
EBSCO Publishing (Firm)

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lukasevansherman
Sep 28, 2014

James's first major novel embodies one of the key themes of his work (the differences and tensions between the New World and Old Europe) and is an accessible entry point into his formidable oeuvre. The title character is a brash, wealthy, optimistic American who comes to Europe and falls for a pretty, distant Frenchwoman from a distinguished and proud family. Her imperious mother doesn't approve of the romance and stands in their way. The strength of the novel is that James doesn't take sides, detailing the shortcoming of both parties. An excellent introduction to the Master's work. Consider reading "Daisy Miller," "Washington Square," and "The Europeans" next.

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