Henry James Books In Order

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Watch and Ward (1871) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Eugene Pickering (1874) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Roderick Hudson (1876) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The American (1877) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Europeans (1878) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Daisy Miller (1879) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Diary of Man of Fifty (1879) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
An International Episode (1879) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Confidence (1880) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Portrait of a Lady (1881) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Washington Square (1881) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bostonians (1886) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Princess Casamassima (1886) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Patagonia (1889) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lesson of the Master (1892) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Private Life (1893) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Other House (1896) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spoils of Poynton (1897) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
What Maisie Knew (1897) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In the Cage (1898) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Turn of the Screw (1898) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Awkward Age (1899) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Little Tour in France (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sacred Fount (1901) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wings of the Dove (1902) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ambassadors (1903) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Golden Bowl (1904) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Aspern Papers (1908) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Finer Grain (1910) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Outcry (1911) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ivory Tower (1917) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sense of the Past (1917) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Altar of the Dead (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Beldonald Holbein (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pandora (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pupil (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

A Passionate Pilgrim (1875) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Transatlantic Sketches (1875) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lesson of the Master and Other Tales (1892) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Real Thing (1893) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Terminations (1893) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Embarrassments (1896) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Two Magics (1898) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Soft Side (1900) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Collected Works (1917) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Travelling Companions (1919) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Turn of the Screw and Other Stories (1945) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ghostly Tales of Henry James (1948) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Aspern Papers and Other Stories (1956) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Complete Tales (1962) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Novels (1962) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Selected Tales (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Jolly Corner (1970) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Complete Stories 1892-1898 (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Figure in the Carpet (1976) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Italian Hours (1977) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Collection of Critical Essays (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tales of Henry James (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Beast in the Jungle (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Some Short Stories (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Selected Short Stories of Henry James (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Plays

Pyramus and Thisbe (1869) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Still Waters (1871) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Change of Heart (1872) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non fiction Henry James' Memoirs Books

A Small Boy and Others (1913) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Notes of a Son and a Brother (1914) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Middle Years (1917) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non Fiction Books

French Poets and Novelists (1875) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
English Hours (1905) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The American Scene (1907) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Within the Rim and Other Essays (1918) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Henry James Letters to A. C. Benson and Auguste Monod (1969) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Henry James was an American writer who was the second child of Henry James, Sr. and Mary Walsh Robertson. His father Henry James Sr. was a son of an Irish immigrant who was very wealthy and to him education was the most important thing. Henry James was born on April 15, 1843, New York, U.S and died in London, England February 28, 1916. He had four siblings among them was the firstborn William James who was a psychologist and a pragmatist philosopher.

Henry James spent his childhood days living in New York before moving to abroad, where they were schooled by governesses and tutors who tutored them literature and languages. They traveled most of their years in Italy, England, Switzerland, Germany and France.

As a teenager, Henry James was a shy boy and addicted to reading books. He briefly enrolled to Harvard Law School at the age of 19 and by the time he was 20years he published his first story called A Tragedy of Error in 1864, it was about a wife who plotted to murder her husband but that resulted to the death of her secret lover.

Some of his other short stories and novels include The American (1877), The Europeans (1878), The Pension Beaurepas (1881) etc. In his mid-20s he was recognized as one of the most creative skillful short story writer in America. Henry James dedicated himself in writing book reviews, stories and articles for some years before he decided to attempt to write a novel.

His first novel was watch and ward (1871) which is about Roger Lawrence who decides to adopt 12year old Nora Lambert, after his father commits suicide in his hotel room. Roger adapts her since he feels remorse for refusing to give financial assistance to her father. Nora is not that pretty as a child but she grows up to be a beautiful lady. This is a generally touching story of lost love and unfulfilled lives, which is seen as you continue to read the ventures that Nora takes till she ends up in clutches. The novel was the start of Henry James success as a writer and went on till 28 February 1916 where he died of pneumonia after suffering from stroke a few months before his death. Henry James died as a bachelor and as a British citizen. He had lived in England for almost 40years and during his last years he became a British citizen in 1915, because he was very disappointed and unhappy with America when World War 1 broke out and America was reluctant to join the world war 1.

Henry James is mostly known for his famous works like The Portrait of a Lady (1881) and The Turn of the Screw (1898), Daisy Miller (1878), The Bostonians (1886) and The Ambassadors (1903).

The following are some famous books that Henry James wrote, that remain to be popular up to date.

The Portrait of a Lady (1881).

This novel is about a story of a young beautiful American woman called Isabel Archer. As the novel begins we see Isabel has two worthy suitors who are willing to marry her. Lord Warburton who is an aristocrat and he fascinates Isabel though she does not love him and does not feel inclined to him romantically. Then there is Caspar Goodwood whom Isabel is sought of drawn to but she fears that if she got married to him, she would not get her personal freedom. Therefore, she rejects these marriage proposals and decides to travel abroad to her extended family by the help of her rich Aunt called Touchett who takes her to Europe. She seeks to learn to be independent.

While in abroad she meets with Gilbert Osmond who is very charming. She finds herself so irresistibly drawn to him. Gilbert Osmond is an American art collector who lives in Florence. Isabel ends up getting married to him. Unfortunately, it is not a happy ever after marriage. You later on come to learn that Gilbert Osmond only married Isabel because of her inherited wealth left to her by her uncle. Gilbert Osmond and Madame Merle who lived in her uncle’s house, had plotted to steal her wealth which she inherited from her uncle. After their marriage Gilbert Osmond starts to treat her like she is nothing to him.

The book features decisions and challenges that Isabel has to face. The book is so catchy since it makes the reader to feel Isabel’s pain and makes us relate to some of the life experiences of love and betrayal that a reader may have faced at some point. Henry James realistically captures people’s lives with this book. Henry James concluded the first phase of his successful career with this novel The Portrait of a lady which till now is the most popular long fiction.

Daisy Miller (1878).

This is a classic story that is about a young wealthy confident American woman, who is likes having fun and does whatever pleases her. She travels to Europe with her young brother and her mother. She meets with Frederick Winterbourne who has been living in Geneva. Frederick Winterbourne finds her to be very attractive and is smitten by her beauty. Daisy Miller is always determined to do what she wants, whenever she wants to do it since she comes from a wealthy family. Daisy Miller is totally everything any woman from that time should not be; she loves attention, flirting and lots of entertainment. She is attracted to Mr. Giovanelli who is a singer/musician with no social standing. The story is set in Europe. Daisy miller’s life unfolds as the story goes on and everything ends up so badly for her.

Henry James brings in cultural differences, difference in the society class, and shows money cannot be able to buy everything. This makes the story even more interesting to read since you can automatically relate it to your life because it brings out various themes of innocence versus experience, cultural intersection, social relationships, Americans abroad and fate. This book made Henry James internationally famous and contributed to his success.

In conclusion, Henry James is mostly known for his themes of consciousness. He wrote a total of 22 novels including two which he died before finishing and 112 tales etc. His writing mostly mix characters that are from different worlds. Henry James novels are mostly about passionate plea for freedom, freedom of development and different cultures. Many of Henry James novels have been filmed in the 20th century by the team of James Ivory and Ismail Merchant.

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