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The American

The American by Henry James
By: (1843-1916)

The American by Henry James is a compelling novel that explores the themes of identity, culture clash, and societal expectations. The protagonist, Christopher Newman, is a wealthy American businessman who travels to Europe in search of a wife. Throughout the novel, Newman navigates the complexities of European society and faces numerous challenges as he tries to fit in.

James' writing is beautifully crafted, with intricate character development and a keen eye for detail. The novel delves into the differences between American and European values, as well as the struggles of an outsider trying to integrate into a foreign culture. Newman's journey is both fascinating and poignant, as he grapples with his own identity and desires.

Overall, The American is a thought-provoking novel that offers a rich depiction of 19th-century Europe and the complexities of human relationships. James' exploration of themes such as class, love, and ambition make this novel a timeless classic that resonates with readers to this day.

Book Description:
One of James’s early novels, The American plunges right in to one of the writer’s most enduring subjects, that of the innocent, or at least inexperienced, American abroad, seeking to come to terms with the social customs and conventions of an old European aristocracy (think of Daisy Miller, Portrait of a Lady, The Wings of the Dove and others). The aptly named Christopher Newman, having made a small fortune from business in California, has come to the Old World for the first time, determined to enlarge his experience by learning all he can of it. In Paris he meets an old acquaintance, Tom Tristram, who (though he himself has little interest in educating himself about Europe) shows him around, and introduces him to the young widow Claire de Cintre, whose family – the aristocratic de Bellegardes – distrust his American brashness and commercialism. Claire, nonetheless, agrees to marry him, thus pulling Newman, rather more deeply than he is prepared for, into a society that closely guards its secrets, and forcing him to face new and quite unexpected questions.
(Introduction by Nicholas Clifford)

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