The American

Henry JAMES (1843 - 1916)

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)

Genre(s): General Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Chapter I Nicholas Clifford
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Play 02 02 - Chapter II Nicholas Clifford
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Play 03 03 - Chapter III Nicholas Clifford
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Play 04 04 - Chapter IV Nicholas Clifford
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Play 05 05 - Chapter V Nicholas Clifford
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Play 06 06 - Chapter VI Nicholas Clifford
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Play 07 07 - Chapter VII Nicholas Clifford
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Play 08 08 - Chapter VIII Nicholas Clifford
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Play 09 09 - Chapter IX Nicholas Clifford
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Play 10 10 - Chapter X Nicholas Clifford
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Play 11 11 - Chapter XI Nicholas Clifford
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Play 12 12 - Chapter XII Nicholas Clifford
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Play 13 13 - Chapter XIII Nicholas Clifford
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Play 14 14 - Chapter XIV Nicholas Clifford
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Play 15 15 - Chapter XV Nicholas Clifford
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Play 16 16 - Chapter XVI Nicholas Clifford
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Play 17 17 - Chapter XVII Nicholas Clifford
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Play 18 18 - Chapter XVIII Nicholas Clifford
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Play 19 19 - Chapter XIX Nicholas Clifford
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Play 20 20 - Chapter XX Nicholas Clifford
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Play 21 21 - Chapter XXI Nicholas Clifford
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Play 22 22 - Chapter XXII Nicholas Clifford
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Play 23 23 - Chapter XXIII Nicholas Clifford
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Play 24 24 - Chapter XXIV Nicholas Clifford
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Play 25 25 - Chapter XXV Nicholas Clifford
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Play 26 26 - Chapter XXVI Nicholas Clifford
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