The awkward age
Henry James Jr.

About the Book

Nanda Brookenham is 'coming out' in London society. Thrust suddenly into the vicious, immoral circle that has gathered round her mother, she even finds herself in competition with Mrs Brookenham for the affection of the man she admires. Light and ironic in its touch, The Awkward Age nevertheless analyzes the English character with great subtlety.
The Awkward Age, which has been much praised for its natural dialogue and the delicacy of feeling it conveys, exemplifies Conrad's remark that James 'is never in deep gloom or in violent sunshine. But he feels deeply and vividly every delicate shade.'

first published as a serial in Harper's Weekly in 1898-1899 and then as a book later in 1899. Originally conceived as a brief, light story about the complications created in her family's social set by a young girl coming of age, the novel expanded into a general treatment of decadence and corruption in English fin de siècle life. James presents the novel almost entirely in dialogue, an experiment that adds to the immediacy of the scenes but also creates serious ambiguities about characters and their motives.

Edition Notes

"Pocket edition 1922; reprinted 1930"--Verso of t.p

Series statement on cover; all vols. of this 35 vol. set lack vol. numbers; the full series statement appears as advert. in vols. 4, 5, 16, and 19

"The text used in this issue is that of the 'New York' edition, and the critical prefaces written for that series are retained in the volumes to which they refer. While ... many stories were omitted from the 'New York' edition, ... the present edition contains all the fiction that he published in book-form during his life. The only writings which have been excluded are a small number of very early pieces, contributed to magazines and never reprinted, and the plays."--Advert. in v. 4

Louise Bogan Collection

Novels and stories of Henry James -- [v. 14]

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xxvii, 482 p. ;
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