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About the Author: Henry James

Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr., brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American-born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction. He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death. He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the encounter of America with Europe. His plots centered on personal relationships, the proper exercise of power in such relationships, and other moral questions. His method of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allowed him to explore the phenomena of consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting.
James insisted that writers in Great Britain and America should be allowed the greatest freedom possible in presenting their view of the world, as French authors were. His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and unreliable narrators in his own novels and tales brought a new depth and interest to realistic fiction, and foreshadowed the modernist work of the twentieth century. An extraordinarily productive writer, in addition to his voluminous works of fiction he published articles and books of travel writing, biography, autobiography, and criticism,and wrote plays, some of which were performed during his lifetime with moderate success. His theatrical work is thought to have profoundly influenced his later novels and tales.

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Paperback, Published in Apr 2012 by Ediciones Robinbook

ISBN10: 8492840218 | ISBN13: 9788492840212

Page count: 104

Sam Scrope, an American traveling through Italy with a friend, finds himself near Lake Albano with Angelo, a young peasant who possesses an ancient object of great value: an engraved gem, an intaglio. Scrope cunningly succeeds in taking the antique for himself, and soon thereafter meets a young American tourist, Adina Waddington, with whom he falls in love and to whom he offers the topaz. But Angelo, wizened to the true value of the intaglio and offended by the trick he has been subjected to, prepares his vengeance. Told through the eyes of Scrope's traveling companion, this story offers a subtle game of passions, as well as an example of the confrontation between two worlds and two mentalities: the American one and the one from the old continent.
Sam Scrope, un americano que viaja por Italia en compañía de un amigo, se encuentra cerca del lago Albano con un muchacho campesino llamado Angelo, el cual posee un objeto antiguo de gran valor: un topacio labrado, un intaglio. Arteramente, Scrope logra hacerse con la antigüedad y poco después conoce a una joven turista americana, Adina Waddington, de la que se enamora y a la que obsequia con el topacio. Pero Angelo, enterado del valor real del intaglio y ofendido por el engaño de que fue objeto, prepara su venganza. Contada a través de la mirada del compañero de viaje de Scrope, la historia ofrece un sutil juego de pasiones, así como una muestra de la confrontación entre dos mundos y dos mentalidades: la americana y la del viejo continente.

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