Cover of: The Wings of the Dove | Henry James Jr., John Bayley, Patricia Crick

About the Book

Beautiful Kate Croy may have been left penniless by her relatives, but her bold, ambitious nature ensures she will not succumb meekly to a life of poverty. If the financial circumstances of Merton Densher, the man she is passionately in love with, are not sufficient to secure her future, perhaps her cunning will. So when Milly Theale arrives in Europe from America, laden with wealth but also gravely ill, Kate sees an opportunity to exploit her vulnerability and devises a plan that will see her and Merton financially provided for. Her scheming is flawed though, for it fails to take into account the inconstancies of the human heart.John Bayley's introduction examines the novel in the context of James's other late, great works.

First Sentence

'THE WINGS OF THE DOVE,' published in 1902, represents to my memory a very old - if I shouldn't perhaps rather say a very young - motive; I can scarce remember the time when the situation on which this long-drawn fiction mainly rests was not vividly present to me.

Edition Notes

Series
Penguin Classics

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7354787M
ISBN 10
0140432639
ISBN 13
9780140432633
Library Thing
3078
Goodreads
840693

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