Henry James, The Wings of the Dove, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1902

  1. Christopher MacGowan

Published Online: 24 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch38

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook

How to Cite

MacGowan, C. (2011) Henry James, The Wings of the Dove, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1902, in The Twentieth-Century American Fiction Handbook, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444393675.ch38

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 JAN 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160230

Online ISBN: 9781444393675

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Keywords:

  • Henry James, The Wings of the Dove (1902);
  • The Wings of the Dove, first of Henry James's three late novels - returned to the international theme of his earlier work;
  • James's notebooks, revealing that he conceived - of the basic situation as early as 1894;
  • early works as The American (1877) and The Portrait of a Lady (1881);
  • James's notebooks, basic situation as early as 1894 - trying, unsuccessfully, to write for the stage;
  • In James's Preface, for the New York edition of his works - unable to interest any magazine publishers in serializing the novel;
  • James's interest, as often in his later fiction - in the moral questions that his characters face;
  • Kate's ruthlessness, argued as a response to restrictions - upon her freedom of choice, that the narrative itself to some extent condemns;
  • differences, degree of awareness - imparted to Milly's action, whose morality lies on a different plane than that of Kate and Densher;
  • Kate and Densher's relationship, can never be the same - as Kate tells him in the last words of the novel

Summary

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