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James, Henry

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Born: 1843 AD
Died: 1916 AD, at 72 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Novelists

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1843 - Born on April 15th in New York, New York. An American novelist and a great figure in the transatlantic culture.

1862 - When he was 19 years of age he enrolled at the Harvard Law School, but he devoted his study time to reading Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, Honoré de Balzac, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

1863 - James was regarded as one of the most skillful writers of short stories in America.

1869 - James went abroad for his first adult encounter with Europe.

1875 - Began his long expatriation—heralded by publication of the novel Roderick Hudson, the story of an American sculptor's struggle by the banks of the Tiber between his art and his passions; Transatlantic Sketches, his first collection of travel writings; and a collection of tales.

1877 - Wrote literary and topical letters for the New York Tribune and working on his novel "The American", the story of a self-made American millionaire whose guileless and forthright character contrasts with that of the arrogant and cunning family of French aristocrats whose daughter he unsuccessfully attempts to marry.

1878-1879 -  He achieved international renown with his story of an American flirt in Rome, Daisy Miller, and further advanced his reputation with The Europeans that same year.

         - A great social lion, James dined out 140 times and visited in many of the great Victorian houses and country seats.

1881 -  James' understanding of power in personal relations was profound, as evinced in Washington Square, the story of a young American heroine whose hopes for love and marriage are thwarted by her father's callous rejection of a somewhat opportunistic suitor.

1886 - James wrote two novels dealing with social reformers and revolutionaries, "The Bostonians" and "The Princess Casamassima".

1890–1895 - He tried to win success writing for the stage. His dramatization of "The American" was a modest success, but an original play, Guy Domville, was a failure, and James was booed at the end of the first performance.

1898-1903 - He achieved high mastery in the ghostly form, notably in "The Turn of the Screw", and in such remarkable narratives as “The Aspern Papers” and “The Beast in the Jungle”—his prophetic picture of dissociated 20th-century man lost in an urban agglomeration.

1915 - Throwing his moral weight into Britain's struggle in World War I, James became a British subject and received the Order of Merit from King George V.

         - Became a naturalized English citizen.

1916 - Died on February 28th in London, England.

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