A nouveau riche American falls in love with a beautiful Frenchwoman but is rejected by her aristocratic family in this masterly tale. Henry James, the great chronicler of cross-cultural encounters, wrote The American early in his career. The contrast of Old and New World values - depicted with James' characteristic grace, eloquence, and subtle wit - constitutes a precursor to many of the author's later works.
American author Henry James (1843 - 1916) spent most of his career in Europe and ultimately adopted British citizenship. A prolific writer of criticism, biography, and travel-related books and articles, James is known above all for his highly influential novels, which frequently explore the clash of Old and New World cultures.