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The Ambassadors., James, Henry

Author Name    James, Henry

Title   The Ambassadors.

Binding   Hardcover in slipcase.

Book Condition   Good

Jacket Condition   Good

Size   Octavo

Publisher    Heritage Press 1963

Seller ID   2026d

384 pp Illus by Leslie Saalburg."Lambert Strether is dispatched to Paris by the widowed Mrs. Newsome--his fiancée--to bring back her son Chadwick. It is rumored that Chad has fallen under the spell of a Frenchwoman of dubious reputation, and his mother wants him to return to take over the running of the Newsome Mills, in Massachusetts. Once in Paris, Strether undergoes a personality change. Not only does he advise Chad to remain there with his lover--the charming Mme. de Vionnet--but he comes perilously close to succumbing to the city's magic himself. The ending is both unexpected and deeply ironic; Strether's situation illustrates James's lifelong preoccupation with the differences in culture, morality, and the concept of the good life in a city like Paris vs. a New England mill town. It is, of course, no secret where the author's sympathies lie. As the aging Strether expresses it in a word of advice to a younger character: "Live all you can....Don't miss things out of stupidity. Live!" James considered this novel to be his masterpiece, and--despite its extreme length, slowness, and quiet absence of action or real suspense--critical opinion generally agrees with him."

Price = 15.00 USD



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