The Golden Bowl
A wealthy American, Maggie Verver has everything she could ask for except a husband and a title; when her widowed father finds her the perfect partner – an impoverished Italian aristocrat – she returns the favour and chooses a new wife for him. Henry James’s exploration of the politics of love and marriage is read here by Juliet Stevenson. Unabridged.
Daisy Miller is Henry James’s charming ‘American girl’ in this very popular story. Travelling with her mother in Europe, young Daisy is innocent, spontaneous and audacious. Her behaviour shocks the Europeans, but fascinates Frederick Winterbourne, an American expatriate living in Switzerland. Read by Penelope Rawlins. Unabridged..
A study of conflict between father and daughter, this is the story of Catherine, the plain, obedient daughter of Dr August Sloper of Washington Square, New York. When Morris Townsend, a handsome man-about-town, proposes to Catherine, her father forbids the marriage, believing Townsend to be after his daughter’s inheritance.
Travels with Henry James
Before embarking on his career as a novelist, Henry James published travel pieces for US periodicals. The 21 articles collected here take him from New England to Paris in the aftermath of the Commune, to London, Rome, Florence and Venice. They prefigure the powers of observation, and visit many of the locations, that would feature in his novels.