The American

The American

Introduction This study guide The American by James Henry. Please click on the literary analysis category you wish to be displayed. Back and Next buttons can guide you through all the sections or you can choose to jump from section to section using the links below or the links at the left. Author: Edward Bloor …

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The American: Biography

Henry James was one of five children, born on April 15, 1843, in New York City to Mary Robertson Walsh and Henry James, Sr., a wealthy intellectual. Henry grew up in both America and Europe, traveling widely with his family and studying with tutors in Geneva, London, Paris, Bologna, and Bonn. He read the classics …

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The American: Top Ten Quotes

“His usual attitude and carriage were of a rather relaxed and lounging kind, but when under a special inspiration, he straightened himself, he looked like a grenadier on parade.” Chapter I, p. 3. Newmans physical appearance and movements give a clue to his character. He is informal and relaxed of posture as he is in …

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The American: Theme

Art and CultureEurope is the land of culture, a collection of beautiful antiquities, with the accumulated wisdom and history of Western civilization. It is why Newman goes there to gain some polish and education. He is an uneducated man, having spent his whole life gathering wealth through work. He is aware of his lack of …

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The American: Metaphors

Art and CultureThe novel begins in the Louvre Art Museum in Paris. Newman, the American, is strolling around trying to take in the great masterpieces using a guide book, so he can get some culture. James uses art, music, and architecture, as well as descriptions of cities and countryside to give the feel of Europe. …

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The American: Characters

Babcock Babcock is the Unitarian minister from Dorchester, Massachusetts, who travels with Newman through Europe for a while. He takes a scholarly approach to the European master works of art. He gets indigestion trying to analyze each work, while Newman is easy-going and not serious enough for Babcock, who finally parts with him in disgust. …

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The American: Chapter 23,24

Summary of Book XXIIINewman returns to Paris and tries to figure out how to use his information against the Bellegardes. Mrs. Bread arrives and becomes the housekeeper. She says Claire refuses to receive her family, and after she takes orders, they will never be able to see her. Mrs. Bread tells him where the convent …

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