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  • Henry James

    The definitive collection of full-cast BBC radio dramatisations of Henry James’ classic novels – plus a bonus documentary about his life and work One of the greatest and most influential American novelists, Henry James is loved for his compelling storytelling, vividly realised characters and perceptive exploration of the shifting relationships between Europeans and Americans. But he also possessed extraordinary insights into the secrets of the human heart, as shown in the ten dramas in this collection. Roderick Hudson explores how love and obsession intermingle as old and new worlds collide; The American mixes humour and heartache in a tale of a self-made millionaire and an...read more

  • Henry James Garrett

    From the creator of Drawings of Dogs, a thoughtful examination of empathy and the necessity of being kinder The kindness we owe one another goes far beyond the everyday gestures of feeding someone else's parking meter--although it's important not to downplay those small acts. Kindness can also mean much more. In this timely, insightful guide, Henry James Garrett lays out the case for developing a strong, courageous, moral kindness, one that will help you fight cruelty and make the world a more empathetic place. So, how could a book possibly make you kinder? It would need to answer two questions:   •  Why are you kind at...read more

  • Henry James

    Adapted by Graham White from the Henry James novel which centres on the predicament of Lambert Strether, a fifty-something New Englander lately arrived in Paris. Henry Goodman stars as the hapless protagonist in a novel many critics find James' finest. Episode 1: Strether has been sent to the city to persuade the fun-living son of his wealthy fiancee back home in Woolett to return home. But now Strether too falls under the spell of Paris.Episode 2: Strether had hoped to persuade the fun-living son of his wealthy fiancee to return home to New England. But now Strether has fallen under the spell of the beautiful Mme de Vionnet. More ambassadors are sent by the angry fiancee to bring both men...read more

  • Henry James

    A BBC Radio 4 ‘Book at Bedtime’ recording of Samuel West reading from the novella ‘The Aspern Papers’ by Henry James, set against the decaying grandeur of Venice. Originally broadcast 26 April - 4 May 2010. Henry James took as inspiration for his tale ‘The Aspern Papers’ the story of a mistress of Byron's who outlived the poet into lonely old age. He transposed the setting to Venice and cast the city he loved as a character in a taut narrative of literary theft and deception. The lure of previously unseen papers relating to the long-dead poet Jeffrey Aspern brings one of his literary editors to Venice in the grip of an obsession. He broaches the palazzo of Aspern's ancient and...read more

  • Henry James

    Civility and society come head to head in Henry James’ seminal work.The heroine of this powerful novel is the spirited young American Isabel Archer. Blessed by nature and fortune, she journeys to Europe to seek her future, but what she finds may prove to be her undoing. She is courted by three men: an English aristocrat, an American gentleman, and a sensitive expatriate. Her invalid cousin becomes her benefactor and adviser.But it is after the ingenuous Isabel falls prey to the schemes of an infinitely more sophisticated older woman that her life takes shape. Rich in character and the interplay of tensions, The Portrait of a Lady is a brilliant, timeless, and essential American...read more

  • Henry James

    Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by Tuppence Middleton, star of Sense8, also known for her role in Downton Abbey. This definitive recording is edited by, and includes an Introduction by David Bromwich. In what Henry James called a 'trap for the unwary', The Turn of the Screw tells of a nameless young governess sent to a country house to take charge of two orphans, Miles and Flora. Unsettled by a dark foreboding of menace within the house, she soon comes to believe that something malevolent is stalking the children in her care. But is the threat to her young charges really a malign and ghostly presence or something else entirely? The Turn of the Screw is...read more

  • Henry James

    The vivacious Kate Croy finds herself torn between love and money, friendship and ambition; "the crown of Henry James's achievement." Now a critically acclaimed film.The vivacious Kate Croy finds herself torn between love and money, friendship and ambition; "the crown of Henry James's achievement." Now a critically acclaimed film.Kate Croy is a beautiful but impoverished young woman forced to live with her successful but astringent Aunt, Maude Lower. Lower intends Kate to marry the aristocratic Lord Mark, but she is already in love with a journalist, Merton Densher. Though their lack of money prevents the two from marrying, the destitute couple soon become friends with Milly Theale, an...read more

  • Henry James

    Penguin Classics presents Henry James' Washington Square, adapted for audio and available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by William Hope. 'Why, you must take me or leave me ... You can't please your father and me both; you must choose between us' When timid and plain Catherine Sloper acquires a dashing and determined suitor, her father, convinced that the young man is nothing more than a fortune-hunter, decides to put a stop to their romance. Torn between her desire to win her father's love and approval and her passion for the first man who has ever declared his love for her, Catherine faces an agonising dilemma, and becomes all too aware of...read more

  • Henry James

    When impoverished American sculptor Roderick Hudson creates what is described as a work of genius, he is sent to Rome, where he becomes the talk of the city. But Roderick soon loses his inspiration and falls in love with a woman he’ll never be with. Now on a path to self-destruction, can he be saved from himself? One of Henry James’ first novels, Roderick Hudson is a compelling depiction of an artist whose inflated ambition and temperament gets the better of...read more

  • Henry James

    Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by Simon Harrison, best known for his roles in Everest, Transformers: The Last Knight and London Has Fallen. This definitive edition includes an Introduction by Philip Horne. When Isabel Archer, a beautiful, spirited American, is brought to Europe by her wealthy aunt Touchett, it is expected that she will soon marry. But Isabel, resolved to enjoy her freedom, does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors. Then she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Gilbert Osmond. Charming and cultivated, Osmond sees Isabel as a rich prize waiting to be taken. In this portrait of a 'young woman affronting her destiny', Henry James...read more

  • Henry James

    By Henry James Dramatised by Linda Marshall Griffiths. Episode 1: Kate and Merton need money. Milly needs love. How far will they go to get what they want? Kate Croy is in love with Merton Densher; a poor writer. Her rich aunt Maud disapproves. Maud has offered Kate a wealthy existence but if Kate chooses to marry Merton she risks losing it all. When American Heiress Milly Theale steps into her London society, Kate sees a way out. Episode 2: Milly confides in Kate that she believes herself to be gravely ill and Kate begins to see a way for her and Merton to have a future. When Merton returns to London, Kate sets out to bring her lover and her friend together. With Kate's assurances that...read more

  • Henry James

    Henry James was born 15th April 1843 in New York City.His youth was spent travelling with his family receiving what was an "extraordinarily haphazard and promiscuous" education as they journeyed through London, Paris, Geneva, Boulogne-sur-Mer and Newport, Rhode Island, according to the father's current interests and publishing ventures. James studied primarily with tutors and only briefly attended schools. Undoubtedly the quality of his writing has ensured his name is enshrined in the American literary tradition. James was a committed Anglophile and spent most of his adult life as an expatriate in Europe. Many of his novels juxtapose the Old World with the New World. Classics such as...read more

  • Henry James

    Henry James's novel, dramatised by Rachel Joyce. Young and beautiful, Isabel Archer thinks that she is in control of her fate. Little does she know, however, that others behind the scenes are pulling the strings. The beautiful and free-spirited Isabel Archer is now a very rich woman. Two men have declared their love for her but she does not want to be married. Resolved to enjoy her fortune, she begins her travels. Starring Anna Maxwell Martin, Haydn Gwynne, Robert Bathurst, Gayle Hunnicutt and full cast. Pianist Duncan Walsh Atkins. Directed by Tracey...read more

  • Henry James

    Henry James' signature theme, the American abroad, centers on a beautiful but flawed daughter of a wealthy Schenectady industrialist. Daisy Miller travels through Europe with her doting, vapid mother and rambunctious young brother. Daisy falls for the sophisticated Mr. Winterbourne, another expatriate, but their romance is threatened by Daisy's behavior. The mores and traditional social customs were something Daisy managed to ignore and caused more than a few eyebrows to be raised throwing her reputation into question. The story has a tragic and unexpected ending. AUTHOR Henry James (1843-1916) was an American novelist, a 19th century master of literary realism, a movement to portray...read more

  • Henry James

    Henry James' short but much acclaimed suspense novel. Set in Venice, it's the story of an American editor's determination to acquire a collection of unpublished letters at any cost. The letters are to the former mistress of a famous, deceased poet, Jeffrey Aspern. The mistress, Miss Bordereau is now very elderly, living modestly in a dilapidated old palazzo with her shy, awkward and uncomely niece Tita, an unwitting 'pawn' in the plot. The strong characterizations of the three main players in the story make for a compelling story of lies, betrayal and psychological warfare. James' gift for building suspense is evident, the tension builds until the very last moment. AUTHOR Henry...read more

  • Henry James

    Este audiolibro está narrado en castellano. El alumno, de Henry James, se centra en la relación entre un preceptor, su inteligente discípulo y la extravagante familia de éste. Su autor nos guía con exquisita destreza hacia un final tan inesperado como magistral. El tono de la obra, fuertemente emocional, alcanza en determinados pasajes la dignidad de las viejas tragedias griegas. Esta exageración se debe, tal vez, al magnífico desempeño de Henry James en la construcción de la trama. Sus protagonistas, extraordinariamente delineados, los avatares de unas vidas impregnadas de la más pura esencia victoriana, consiguen que James, con su habitual pulso narrativo, intenso pero...read more

  • Henry James

    Le Tour d'écrou est une nouvelle fantastique d'Henry James. Le narrateur assiste à la lecture du journal d'une gouvernante. La jeune femme a été engagée par un riche célibataire pour veiller sur ses neveu et nièce, Flora et Miles. Orphelins, ceux-ci vivent dans une vaste propriété isolée à la campagne. Le comportement des enfants semble de plus en plus étrange à la jeune gouvernante. Elle se rend compte, peu à peu, d'effrayantes apparitions, dont celle d'un homme, un ancien serviteur, Peter Quint, qui entretenait une liaison avec la précédente gouvernante, miss Jessel. Les deux sont morts peu avant l'arrivée de la nouvelle gouvernante, mais ils semblent toujours exercer sur...read more

  • Henry James

    Brought to you by Penguin. This Penguin Classic is performed by Ellie Kendrick, known for her role as Meera Reed in Game of Thrones, she has also starred in Vanity Fair, and The Diary of Anne Frank. This definitive recording includes an Introduction by David Lodge, read by Roy McMillan. Travelling in Europe with her family, Daisy Miller, an exquisitely beautiful young American woman, presents her fellow-countryman Winterbourne with a dilemma he cannot resolve. Is she deliberately flouting social convention in the outspoken way she talks and acts, or is she simply ignorant of those conventions? When she strikes up an intimate friendship with an urbane young Italian, her flat refusal to...read more

  • Henry James

    The Turn of the Screw by Henry James is considered among the best ghost stories ever written in English. It was published in serial form in Collier's Magazine in 1898, but written in 1897-1898 when James had moved to Rye in Sussex, a quaint and picturesque small English town. The story has been filmed and adapted many times, most lately in the 2020 Netflix series 'The Haunting of Bly Manor'. The story concerns a governess who is sent to look after two beautiful children at a remote house in the English countryside. What she experiences there is never fully explained: is she haunted or is she mad? Henry James was born in 1843 in New York but moved to live in London, where he died in 1916....read more

  • Henry James

    Released in our new 'Young Adult Classics' format, Henry James's classic ghost story is a masterpiece of the supernatural. The tale is taken from the diary of a governess, who describes her mounting sense of paranoia at the relationship between her two wards and the ghostly figures that haunt the estate. Menacing, ambiguous and haunted by a pervading sense of evil, The Turn of the Screw is one of the most powerful and enduring tales of the nineteenth century. Emma Fielding gives a compelling reading of a story in which nothing is certain, and madness lurks around every...read more