The American

The American

by Henry James

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Overview

"The American" was popular as one of the first international novels contrasting the rising and forceful New World and the cultured but sinful Old World.

The American is an uneasy combination of social comedy and melodrama concerning the adventures and misadventures of Christopher Newman, an essentially good-hearted but rather gauche American businessman on his first tour of Europe. Newman is looking for a world different from the simple, harsh realities of 19th century American business. He encounters both the beauty and the ugliness of Europe, and learns not to take either for granted. The core of the novel concerns Newman's courtship of a young widow from an aristocratic Parisian family.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013110366
Publisher: Seven Treasures Publications
Publication date: 08/14/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 850 KB

About the Author

Date of Birth:

April 15, 1843

Date of Death:

February 28, 1916

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

London, England

Education:

Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63

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The American 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is the best book I have read yet. Our local PBS station has been playing the movie, 'The American', staring Matthew Modine and I must say he played the part perfectly. The movie does the book great justice. I haven't been able to buy the book anywhere, but since finding it at Barnes & Noble.com, I will be purchasing it soon! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a bit of mystery with their romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many missing letters and words for the story to make sense.
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Ok. Imma get Nathan at Camp. Brb
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America i waaaaay better than canada