The Awkward Age

The Awkward Age

by Henry James

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ISBN-13: 9781115417839
Publisher: BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research)
Publication date: 10/27/2009
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Henry James was born on April 15, 1843, on Washington Place in New York to the most intellectually remarkable of American families. His father, Henry James Sr., was a brilliant and eccentric religious philosopher; his brother was one of the first great American psychologists and the author of the influential Pragmatism; his sister, Alice, though an invalid for most of her life, was a talented conversationalist, a lively letter writer, and a witty observer of the art and politics of her time.

In search of the proper education for his children, Henry senior sent them to schools in America, France, Germany, and Switzerland. Returning to America, Henry junior lived in Newport, briefly attended Harvard Law School, and in 1864 began contributing stories and book reviews to magazines. Two more trips to Europe led to his final decision to settle there, first in Paris in 1875, then in London next year.

James's first major novel, Roderick Hudson, appeared in 1875, but it was Daisy Miller (1878) that brought him international fame as the chronicler of American expatriates and their European adventures. His novels include The American (1877), Washington Square (1880), Princess Casamassima (1886), and the three late masterpieces, The Wings of the Dove (1902), The Ambassadors (1903), and The Golden Bowl (1904). He also wrote plays, criticism, autobiography, travel books (including The American Scene, 1907) and some of the finest short stories in the English language.

His later works were little read during his lifetime but have since come to be recognized as forerunners of literary modernism. Upon the outbreak of World War I, James threw his energies into war relief work and decided to adopt British citizenship. One month before his death in 1916, he received the Order of Merit from King George V.

Date of Birth:

April 15, 1843

Date of Death:

February 28, 1916

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

London, England


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

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The Awkward Age 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy a challenging read and works that require you to focus all of your concentration, this novel is for you. I found that you must carefully read and follow along, or you can quickly be lost in its pages. James requires his reader to question his or her own morality, and decide for themselves what is acceptable within the novel. The type of person you are definately reflects on how you view the plot. I loved it for its complexity and challenge- it isn't for the faint of heart!
Rafael Moreno More than 1 year ago
This was my first Henry James novel, and I specifically chose it because, after reading and hearing about the verbose and somewhat tortuous style used by the author in his latter works, I selected one of his shorter novels (I have used this method with many authors). Not only is this novel a poignant and totally engrossing story, but after reading many of James’ works, I consider The Awkward Age to be on the same level as any of his renowned masterpieces. By James standards, it is almost with a minimalist style that this novel is written, and to a great degree, this is perhaps why many critics may consider it a lesser work. James wrote this novel as if the reader was actually watching a play, and therefore he gave very little insight as to what the characters were thinking and feeling. He left it to the reader to figure it out. He could have written it in the same style as The Bostonians, but in all likelihood James had moved on from this style. Perhaps he may have been experimenting with stream of consciousness, but when compared to works like Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse and Mrs. Dalloway, this novel does not exactly fit that category. I would have given this novel five stars (it is truly excellent), but I would like to give future readers of The Awkward Age the chance to read and absorb (or be absorbed) by this novel. It is a story of innocence, betrayal and ultimately, true love in an unexpected and unconventional way, by Victorian standards as well as ours.
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