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Henry James’s travel writings are at once literary masterpieces, unsurpassed guidebooks and penetrating reflections on the international themes familiar from his fiction. This volume, the second of two, begins with the classic  A Little Tour in France (1900), illustrated with Joseph Pennell’s exquisite drawings from the original edition. James begins his tour of the French countryside one rainy morning in mid-September of 1882, when he sets off for the city of Tours as a means of exploring the proposition that “though France might be Paris, Paris was by no means France.”

From Tours, Balzac’s birthplace, James travels to the great chateaux of the Loire Valley, visiting Chambord, Amboise, Chenonceaux, and Blois, where, as you cross the threshold, “you step straight into the sunshine and storm of the French Renaissance.” Dense with literary associations and historical echoes, James’s prose brings castles and cathedrals and old walled towns to life. In his glancingly precise visual evocations of terrain and cityscape, he realizes his ambition “to sketch without a palette or brushes.”

Henry James loved Italy, “a beautiful disheveled nymph” to England’s “good married matron.” The incisive and witty essays in  Italian Hours (1909) describe memorably happy sojourns in Venice, Rome, and Florence, and excursions to Siena, Assisi, Perugia, Capri, Ravenna, and other Italian cities. “Nowhere do art and life seem so interfused” as in Venice, wrote James in celebration of the splendor of Venetian light and color, air, and history. He records his radiant impressions of Roman churches and aqueducts, museums and fountains, and rambles through the gardens of the Villa Borghese in spring, when Rome seems lighted “with an irresistible smile.” All these essays are filled with James’s intense pleasure in Italian places and people.

This volume concludes with sixteen essays on such varied places as Switzerland, Holland, Rheims, and the Pyrénées, including a memorable account of the American volunteer ambulance corps in Europe during World War One.

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“Few writing markets have expanded so dramatically as that of the travel guide. There are books in the hundreds ready to tell you where to eat, shop, sleep and be seen. I defy you to name any which will provide better company than these two have given me for the last fortnight. And yet the last piece was written in 1912 and the first in the 1860s.” — Los Angeles Times Book Review

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The Library of America is an award-winning, nonprofit program dedicated to publishing America''s best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as "the most important book-publishing project in the nation''s history" (Newsweek), this acclaimed series is restoring America''s literary heritage in "the finest-looking, longest-lasting edition ever made" (New Republic).

About the Author

Henry James (1843-1916), born in New York City, was the son of noted religious philosopher Henry James, Sr., and brother of eminent psychologist and philosopher William James. His many works include  Washington Square (1880),  The Portrait of a Lady (1881),  The Princess Casamassima (1886),  The Aspern Papers(1888),  The Turn of the Screw (1898), and three large novels of the new century,  The Wings of the Dove (1902),  The Ambassadors (1903) and  The Golden Bowl (1904). He died in London in February 1916.

Richard Howard, volume editor, is a critic, translator, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. He is Professor of Practice in the School of the Arts of Columbia University.

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great tales from a great author
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great tales from a great author, of course.....arrived in a slipcase in pristine condition and do not believe this book had ever been "thumbed through".
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A Masterpiece of perception, understanding, and interpretation
Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2006
Henry James'' travel writings on France and Italy are a case study in fine arts perception, understanding and interpretation. He treats each new locale as a new horizon to be engaged, absorbed, and internalized through a hermeneutic of analogical interiority. Roaming... See more
Henry James'' travel writings on France and Italy are a case study in fine arts perception, understanding and interpretation. He treats each new locale as a new horizon to be engaged, absorbed, and internalized through a hermeneutic of analogical interiority. Roaming within the halls and chambers of French and Italian architecture opens, through the text, new conduits for an understanding of the vast interiority that exists within the self-examining-self. James is a master at relating the space of each location with the thoughts, instincts, relational perceptions and education of the observer. Reading these texts is like engaging each site oneself and discussing with a learned and trusted friend about what one is experiencing, not just what one is seeing. The art work of Joseph Pennell is an amazing addition to these works and masterpieces on their own. Do yourself a favor and buy this book. It will be a cherished addition to your collection and a book you will pick-up time and again to walk with the "Master" through France and Italy as you discuss, reflect and remember literary events that where home to these marvels. If you happen to be planning a trip to either France or Italy, take this along to add a level of historical and cultural depth to your experience. Some of what you will read has disappeared into history, but what remains is a beautiful historical and cultural continuity with Henry James as your guide. See also Henry James'' writings on Great Britian and the United States also in the Library of America series.
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Very enjoyable read
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2013
I have really enjoyed reading this wonderful collection of Travel Writings from the great Henry James. Very colorful and funny and it makes me want to travel right along with him.
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brand new, tightly wrapped. nice book!
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Notably full collection of James''s continental travel writings
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 23, 2017
A notably full collection of James''s Continental travel writings. As well as the two major items, A Little Tour in France and Italian Hours, it includes a fair number of rarities from 1872 on to the First World War. Production and editorial standards are at the high level...See more
A notably full collection of James''s Continental travel writings. As well as the two major items, A Little Tour in France and Italian Hours, it includes a fair number of rarities from 1872 on to the First World War. Production and editorial standards are at the high level one would expect for Library of America titles. It includes reproductions of the rather dated (or ''full of period charm'') illustrations for the Little Tour in France. Jamesians need not hesitate.
A notably full collection of James''s Continental travel writings. As well as the two major items, A Little Tour in France and Italian Hours, it includes a fair number of rarities from 1872 on to the First World War.
Production and editorial standards are at the high level one would expect for Library of America titles.
It includes reproductions of the rather dated (or ''full of period charm'') illustrations for the Little Tour in France.
Jamesians need not hesitate.
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Henry James popular : Collected Travel Writings : The Continent : A Little Tour in France / Italian Hours / online Other Travels (Library of America) sale

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Henry James popular : Collected Travel Writings : The Continent : A Little Tour in France / Italian Hours / online Other Travels (Library of America) sale

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