Lo más selecto by Henry James

By Henry James

En esta edición se reúnen dos volúmenes de cuentos y nouvelles de Henry James tal como se publicaron en vida de su autor: Una vida en Londres y otros relatos (1889) y Lo más selecto (1903). Ambos volúmenes pertenecen a los angeles etapa de madurez de su autor: se trata, pues, de una muestra representativa, fiel a su concepción unique, y prácticamente inédita −sólo dos de los trece relatos incluidos habían aparecido antes en España−, del James más exquisito y profundo, el de l. a. época, por un lado, de Los papeles de Aspern y La lección del maestro y, por otro, de Los embajadores.

«No es culpa mía −dice uno de los narradores de esta selección− si estoy hecho de tal manera que con frecuencia encuentro más vida en situaciones oscuras y sujetas a interpretación que en el grosero barullo del primer plano.» Personalidades oscuras −y muchas veces sin recursos− constituyen de hecho el cuadro normal de estas narraciones; sin embargo, su carácter no impide que sean delicadas, críticas, artísticas, a veces suicidas figuras de l. a. verdad (de los angeles libertad incluso) que, por obra de los angeles más intensa observación y del más mágico estilo, arrebatan a cualquier héroe o heroína convencional los angeles dignidad del protagonismo. Como cube uno de los personajes: «No tenemos posición social, pero no nos importa, ¿verdad?; eso es porque conocemos los angeles diferencia entre las realidades y las farsas».

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His lifelong interest in how collective labor might work for a modern writer was not merely the strategic experimentation of a determined and savvy writer expert at publicity and continually desperate for more efficient THE GILDED AGE of american authorship / 37 production. His interest in finding new ways to think about writing and production arose in some ways from a cultural tension over individual responsibility and collective guilt. Although his difficult experiences in composing Roughing It were to be a pattern throughout his life (writing at a red-hot pace and then freezing up and having to “shelve” a project away for a period of time), he didn’t yet realize it as a pattern.

Now a grown book agent, Basil has come to Ellsinore to use his connections to get prominent signatures. ” he is determined to use his connections carefully in order to open doors (“Burlesque Hamlet” 56). Basil figures that if the Queen and Hamlet remember him, “they will subscribe for the book I’ve started out to canvass for; and with their names to head my list, I reckon the general public will be in more or less of a hurry to alter their form of salutation to me” (56). While the skit is terribly funny, Twain never got past the second Act.

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