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The Ambassadors by Henry James - Signet Classics, 1961


Title: The Ambassadors
Author: Henry James
Publisher: Signet Classics
Publication Date: 1961
Format: Softcover
Condition: This book is in good condition for its age other than some minor signs of wear. There are a couple of loose pages at the beginning of the book.

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Reader's note

Henry James considered this book to be his most perfect work of art. The ambassadors of the title are the emissaries sent by Mrs Newsome, a wealthy New England widow, to restore to the home town and the family business her son Chad who has lingered too long in Paris, reputedly detained by a sordid liaison. Lambert Strether, the first of the envoys and the novel’s strait-laced hero, embarks on the mission only to find himself caught up in a romantic intrigue, the outcome of which will radically change the direction and purpose of his life. Since its publication in 1903, The Ambassadors has come to be regarded as a masterpiece of American fiction because of its remarkable technical structure, its profound moral significance, and its perceptive contrast of New World conscience and Old World culture. This Signet Classic edition reproduces the 1903 Methuen text, which is the only one Henry James ever saw through the press.