Henry James's The Ambassadors

Henry James's The Ambassadors

Henry James's The Ambassadors

Henry James's The Ambassadors

Synopsis

Henry James's The Ambassadors was, in James's opinion, the best of all his novels. Lambert Strether is an American gentleman appointed "ambassador" by Mrs. Newsome to rescue and bring home her wayward son Chad, whom she believes to be entangled with a less-than-virtuous woman, Mme. de Vionnet. Distracted by the enchantments of Paris, as well as by Mme. de Vionnet, Strether declines his commission and forfeits his prospects with Mrs. Newsome. One of the three great works of James's late phase, The Ambassadors centers on Strether, a surrogate for Henry James, novelist, who inevitably preferred his own spiritual self-portrait of renunciation.

Henry James's The Ambassadors is one of over 100 volumes in the "Modern Critical Interpretations" series, edited and introduced by Harold Bloom and published by Chelsea House. Taken together, these volumes represent a comprehensive collection of the best current criticism of the most widely read poems, novels, stories, and dramas of the Western World.

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