Collins Classics - The Wings of the Dove (Collins Classics)

By Henry James

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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 American heiress with an ambiguous ailment and an obvious affection for Densher. As Theale’s health grows worse, Kate weaves a web of intrigue that pushes Densher into Theale’s arms in the hopes of securing her fortune. Theale retreats to Venice in the last throes of her sickness, and Densher, realizing the extent of Kate’s manipulation, forces her to choose between money and love.

Format: ebook
Release Date: 03 Jan 2013
Pages: None
ISBN: 978-0-00-750270-7
Henry James (1843–1916) was born in New York City but spent his adult life in London, taking British citizenship a year before his death. Well known for his stories, novels and criticism, James was one of the most celebrated authors of his time. James’s best-known works include the novels The Wings of the Dove and The Portrait of a Lady, and the novella The Turn of the Screw.

”'Henry James is as solitary in the history of the novel as Shakespeare in the history of poetry.” - Graham Greene

”'The critical faculty hesitates before the magnitude of Mr Henry James’s work. His books stand on my shelves in a place whose accessibility proclaims the habit of frequent communion […] Mr. Henry James is the historian of fine consciences.” - Joseph Conrad