The Real Thing and Other Tales

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Sprache - Englisch

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In 'The Real Thing and Other Tales,' Henry James crafts a nuanced exploration of the interplay between reality and representation, considerations that are central to his later body of work. With meticulous prose and a sophisticated use of narrative perspective, James challenges readers to disentangle the complex relationship between life and art. This collection of short stories encapsulates James's literary concerns, particularly his fascination with the nature of authenticity and mimesis within the constructs of social norms and artistic endeavors. The tales serve as an exemplar of James's late style, marked by a intricate language and deep psychological insight into his characters and the cultural milieu that shapes their experiences.

Henry James, a pivotal figure in 19th-century literary realism, brings to this collection his vast experiences and observations from both sides of the Atlantic. The pressing societal concerns and the delicate intricacies of individual perception that define James's oeuvre may stem from his own transatlantic life, which provided him with a rich understanding of cultural paradigms and human psychology. James's insight into the foibles of society's elite and his own artistic struggles provide a vivid backdrop for these stories, reflecting both his immersion in European culture and his acute critique of it.

This anthology is recommended for readers who appreciate literary masterworks that delve into the complexities of perception, identity, and representation. James's erudite language and the thematic richness of 'The Real Thing and Other Tales' make it a crucial addition not only to the canon of James's works but also to the library of anyone interested in the intersections of art, society, and the self. Scholars and enthusiasts of late-19th-century literature will find particular joy in unraveling the intricate webs James weaves between the veneer of reality and the essence of truth.


About the Author

Henry James (1843–1916) was an illustrious American-born writer, regarded for his literary finesse and profound insight into the consciousness of his characters. James' prolific career was marked by his exploration of the complexities of morality, society, and human relationships, often employing a style characterized by a meticulous attention to psychological detail and a deft use of interior monologues. His work is seen as a bridge between the assertive realism of the 19th century and the introspective modernist stream of consciousness that would dominate the 20th. 'The Real Thing and Other Tales' is a fine example of his narrative skill and artistic subtlety, showcasing his lifelong interest in the themes of reality, artifice, and the question of authenticity in both art and human relations. James' literary contribution is not only seen in his short stories but also in his novels, which include 'The Portrait of a Lady' and 'The Wings of the Dove'. His dialogue-heavy composition and deep focus on character psychology have had a lasting impact on both American and European literature. James' expatriation and long residence in England aided in his distinction as a transatlantic writer, who, eventually, turned his gaze inward on the intimate lives of his creations, earning him a reputation as a master of the literary form and a significant figure in the Western canon.

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Publisher: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Language: English

Size: 165 Pages

Filesize: 461.9 KB

ISBN: 8596547062424

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