The ambassadors: a novel

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The greatest expression of his talent for witty, observant explorations of what it means to 'live well', Henry James's The Ambassadors is edited with an introduction and notes by Adrian Poole in Penguin Classics.Concerned that her son Chad may have become involved with a woman of dubious reputation, the formidable Mrs Newsome sends her 'ambassador' Strether from Massachusetts to Paris to extricate him. Strether's mission, however, is gradually undermined as he falls under the spell of the city and finds Chad refined rather than corrupted by its influence and that of his charming companion, Madame de Vionnet, and her daughter, Jeanne. As the summer wears on, Mrs Newsome concludes that she must send another envoy to confront the errant Chad - and a Strether whose view of the world has changed profoundly. One of the greatest of James's late works, The Ambassadors is a subtle and witty exploration of different responses to a European environment.This edition of The Ambassadors includes a chronology, further reading, glossary, notes and an introduction discussing the novel in the context of James's other works on Americans in Europe, and the novel's portrayal of Paris.If you enjoyed The Ambassadors , you might like Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End , also available in Penguin Classics.
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display_description First published in 1903 in serial form, Henry James' "The Ambassadors" is the story of the middle-aged and nav̐e Lewis Lambert Strether, who travels to Europe at the behest of his widowed fiancě to find her supposedly wayward son, Chad Newsome. Mrs. Newsome fears he has fallen under the spell of a sinful woman and Strether must rescue him. With the intent of bringing Chad back to America and to his post at the family business, Strether encounters many unexpected complications along the way and finds that the situation may not be as his fiancě has imagined. Strether finds himself seduced by the beauty of Europe, the more casual and open relationships of the Europeans he encounters, and the relaxed social mores. Strether is so seduced that he considers never returning to his home and begins to fall in love with another woman. Eventually, Strether comes to his senses and realizes that Europe may not be the paradise he has convinced himself it to be. Strether returns to America as a changed man, less rigid, wiser, and more thoughtful. Hailed as one of James's finest novel and his own personal favorite, "The Ambassadors" is the perfect blending of the old world with the new. This edition includes a biographical afterword.
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subject_facet Adventure stories, American fiction, American literature, Americans -- France -- Fiction, Americans -- France -- Paris -- Fiction, Authors, American, Classics, Electronic books, Historical - Victorian, Love stories, Man-woman relationships -- Fiction, Paris (France) -- Fiction, Political fiction, American, Satire, Social issues, Young men -- Fiction
title_display The ambassadors : a novel
title_full The ambassadors / Henry James ; edited with an introduction and notes by Christopher Butler, The ambassadors : a novel James, Henry, 1843-1916., The ambassadors [electronic resource] / Henry James, The ambassadors [electronic resource] James, Henry, 1843-1916.
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topic_facet Adventure stories, American fiction, American literature, Americans, Authors, American, Classics, Electronic books, Historical - Victorian, Man-woman relationships, Paris (France), Political fiction, American, Satire, Social issues, Young men