Posted on | May 22, 2010 | No Comments
Quite Simply, Henry James is America’s Shakespeare. Unfortunately that comes with good news and bad news. Like Shakespeare, his work reaches the heights of artistic achievement, but many contemporary readers find it impenetrable. That is mainly true, however, of his novels. His short (and long) stories are both brilliant and accessible. And, like Shakespeare, I think that hearing them makes them even more enjoyable.
According to Brad Hooper, the Adult Books Editor at Booklist, James’s works are “high art, yes; but behind the rather grand facades of James’s stories stand perfectly proportioned psychological portraits.” Here are the first two of what I hope to be many to come.