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The Ambassadors

The second of James's three late masterpieces, was, in its author's opinion, "the best, all round, of my productions.". Lambert Strether, a mild middle-aged American of no particular achievements, is dispatched to Paris from the manufacturing empire of Woollett, Massachusetts. The mission conferred on him by his august patron, Mrs. Newsome, is to discover what, or who, is keeping her son Chad in the notorious city of pleasure, and to bring him home. But Strether finds Chad transformed by the influence of a remarkable woman; and as the Parisian spring advances, he himself succumbs to.

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  • "A finely drawn portrait of a man's late awakening to the importance of morality that is founded not on the dictates of convention but on its value per se."
  • "The second of James's three late masterpieces, was, in its author's opinion, "the best, all round, of my productions.". Lambert Strether, a mild middle-aged American of no particular achievements, is dispatched to Paris from the manufacturing empire of Woollett, Massachusetts. The mission conferred on him by his august patron, Mrs. Newsome, is to discover what, or who, is keeping her son Chad in the notorious city of pleasure, and to bring him home. But Strether finds Chad transformed by the influence of a remarkable woman; and as the Parisian spring advances, he himself succumbs to."@en
  • "This complex tale of self-discovery--considered by the author to be his best work--traces the path of an aging idealist, Lambert Strether. Arriving in Paris with the intention of persuading his young charge to abandon an obsession with a French woman and return home, Strether reaches unexpected conclusions."@en
  • "The Ambassadors is a 1903 novel by Henry James, originally published as a serial in the North American Review. This dark comedy, one of the masterpieces of James' final period, follows the trip of protagonist Lewis Lambert Strether to Europe in pursuit of his widowed fiancée's supposedly wayward son. Strether is to bring the young man back to the family business, but he encounters unexpected complications. The third-person narrative is told exclusively from Strether's point of view.-- Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia."@en
  • "Introduction by Colm TOibin One of the final masterpieces from one of the world's greatest authors, Henry James's The Ambassadors is now available for the first time in a Modern Library edition, with a new Introduction by acclaimed novelist Colm TOibin. A keenly observed tale of a man's awakening to life, this dark comic novel follows Lewis Lambert Strether, a middle-aged widower, on a mission to Europe to convince his fiancee's wayward son to forsake the pleasures of Paris and return to America. Rich with fin de siecle detail, The Ambassadors brims with finely drawn character portraits, including one of the Master's most unforgettable heroines'the beguiling Madame de Vionnet. This was the novel that Henry James himself considered his finest, and no one is better equipped to put it into literary and historical context than Colm TOibin, whose award-winning novel The Master depicted the inner life of James in the final years of the nineteenth century. From the Trade Paperback edition."@en
  • "Lauded by many critics as James' finest novel, The Ambassadors tells the story of Lewis Lambert Strather and his determination to track down the estranged son of his widowed fiancée. As his journey takes him from the United States to Paris, Strather finds more than his fiancée's son--he discovers an entirely new way of being. Drawn by the seductive delights of Parisian life, Strather must determine whether he himself will return to America in this cerebral and relatable novel."
  • "A wealthy widow sends a fiftysomething American man to France to bring back her wayward son who has become enthralled with a French woman."
  • "When Lambert Strether of Woollett, Massachusetts, is dispatched to Europe by his wealthy fiancIe to fetch her son, Chad, home from Paris, the middle-aged innocent is impressed by the young man's sophistication, the delights of Paris, and Chad's charming friend, the married Marie de Vionnet. Strether is so taken with European culture that he begins to question the manner in which he's lived his own life. Henry James considered The Ambassadors to be the best of his novels, and it is ranked on the Modern Library's list of the 100 best English-language novels of the twentieth century. The novel has been adapted for stage, film, and television. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library."@en
  • "Lambert Strether, a mild middle-aged American of no particular achievements, is dispatched to Paris from the manufacturing empire of Woollett, Massachusetts. The mission conferred on him by his august patron, Mrs. Newsome, is to discover what, or who, is keeping her son Chad in the notorious city of pleasure, and to bring him home. But Strether finds Chad transformed by the influence of a remarkable woman; and as the Parisian spring advances, he himself succumbs to the allure of the 'vast bright Babylon' and to the mysterious charm of Madame de Vionnet."
  • "Middle-aged American Lambert Strether, sent to Paris by his patron Mrs. Newsome to find her son Chad and bring him home, finds Chad transformed by the influence of a remarkable woman, and soon follows suit, letting himself be swept away by the charms of the city and the mysterious Madame de Vionnet."
  • "The Ambassadors, which Henry James considered his best work, is the most exquisite refinement of his favorite theme: the collision of American innocence with European experience. This time, the author recounts the continental journey of Louis Lambert Strether--a fifty-something man of the world who has been dispatched abroad by a rich widow, Mrs. Newsome. His mission: to save her son Chadwick from the clutches of a wicked (European) woman, and to convince the prodigal to return to Woollett, Massachusetts. Instead, this all-American envoy finds Europe growing on him."@en
  • "A fiftyish American is dispatched to Europe by a rich widow on a mission to bring back her wayward son who is enraptured by a French woman."@en
  • "A fiftyish American is dispatched to Europe by a rich widow on a mission to bring back her wayward son who is enraptured by a French woman."
  • "The Ambassadors, by Henry James, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:<UL type=disc><LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Biographies of the authors <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Footnotes and endnotes <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Comments by other famous authors <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Bibliographies for further reading <LI style=MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo2; tab-stops: list .5in; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto class=MsoNormal>Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. One of Henry James's three late masterpieces, and an exemplar of his complex, mature style, The Ambassadors is considered by many the author's finest work. James himself judged it to be “frankly, quite the best, ‘all round,' of my productions. The story follows Lambert Strether, a staunch and stoical New Englander, as he travels abroad to rescue his employer's prodigal son, Chad, from the seductive pitfalls of existence in Paris. Yet the social pleasures of the European capital awaken new urges in the fifty-five year old, and he begins to reconsider his own inadequately realized life. He soon beseeches Chad, “Live all you can; it's a mistake not to. It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven't had that what have you had? As Strether himself becomes involved in a relationship with the fascinating Maria Gostrey, a second, more determined, ambassador is dispatched. An ultimatum is delivered—and resisted—but then an accident reveals surprising truths to Strether, and he must decide whether his loyalties lie with old Europe or new America. A bittersweet paean to the life not lived, The Ambassadors is one of the most achingly beautiful and moving novels ever written. Kyle Patrick Smith was raised in San Diego, California, and educated at Harvard. A writer and critic, he lives in Manhattan."
  • "James' career is often broken into several periods. The Ambassadors come from his final period and is widely considered to be his masterpiece."@en
  • "Here then is the novel, a book that the author rightly though his masterpiece. Not now - let us beware of prejudgments - but after reading it, the reader, one hopes, may feel like acclaiming it one of the masterpieces of fiction. -- INTRODUCTION"
  • "The Ambassadors is a 1903 novel by Henry James, originally published as a serial in the North American Review. This dark comedy, one of the masterpieces of James' final period, follows the trip of protagonist Lewis Lambert Strether to Europe in pursuit of his widowed fiancée's supposedly wayward son. Strether is to bring the young man back to the family business, but he encounters unexpected complications. The third-person narrative is told exclusively from Strether's ..."@en
  • "This classic tale of the discovery of the charms of the Old World by differing American types, represents the finest flowering of the <i>genre</i> for which Henry James is most renowned and at ease. Full of humour, irony and delicate perception, the book matches superb character portrayal with a vivid sense of time and place."@en
  • "The Ambassadors, which Henry James considered his best work, is the most exquisite refinement of his favorite theme: the collision of American innocence with European experience. This time, James recounts the continental journey of Louis Lambert Strether--a fifty-something man of the world who has been dispatched abroad by a rich widow, Mrs. Newsome. His mission: to save her son Chadwick from the clutches of a wicked (i.e., European) woman, and to convince the prodigal to return to Woollett, Massachusetts. Instead, this all-American envoy finds Europe growing on him."@en
  • "Strether is sent to Paris by a wealthy matron to retrieve her wayward son, but he becomes sidetracked by intriguing complications. He begins to question the importance of morality and personal desire versus duty."@en
  • "One of Henry James' greatest novels, The Ambassadors is a dark comedy from 1903. Lewis Lambert Strether travels to Europe to find his widowed fiancee's son, planning to bring him back to the family business, but once there Strether meets with unexpected complications. Taken by perceived contrasts between European and American culture, The Ambassadors plays out a theme of liberation, from a stifled emotional life to a more abundant and gracious existence."
  • "Strether called, his second morning in Paris, on the bankers of the Rue Scribe to whom his letter of credit was addressed, and he made this visit attended by Waymarsh, in whose company he had crossed from London two days before. They had hastened to the Rue Scribe on the morrow of their arrival, but Strether had not then found the letters the hope of which prompted this errand."@en
  • "Wanneer haar verloofde in de ban blijkt geraakt van het leven in Europa, en niet terugkeert van zijn missie, het terughalen van haar zoon uit Parijs, ziet een welgestelde Amerikaanse vrouw zich genoodzaakt enkele anderen te sturen."
  • "Lewis Lambert Strether, is a middle-aged widower, on a mission to Europe to convince his fiancée's wayward son to forsake the pleasures of Paris and return to America."@en
  • "Lewis Lambert Strether, is a middle-aged widower, on a mission to Europe to convince his fiancée's wayward son to forsake the pleasures of Paris and return to America."
  • "Henry James considered this his greatest work. It is the story of Lambert Strether who is sent to Paris, from New England by his fiancee, the widowed Mrs Newsome. Strether was sent to bring back Mrs Nessome's son, whom, it is rumored, has fallen in love with a frenchwoman, a woman of questionable character. A critically acclaimed masterpiece with an unexpected and deeply ironic ending."@en
  • ""The Cambridge Edition of the Complete Fiction of Henry James provides, for the first time, a scholarly edition of a major writer whose work continues to be read, quoted, adapted and studied. One of Henry James' last three great novels, The Ambassadors offers a witty, observant and profound exploration of the contrast between American and European cultures and of the desire to 'live all you can'. It follows the journey of self-discovery taken by a middle-aged literary gentleman, Lambert Strether, as he sheds his New England perspective and comes to appreciate cosmopolitan society and values, although not without personal cost. This edition, based on the work's first book appearance in 1903, illuminates its literary and cultural contexts, contains comprehensive annotation, and provides a detailed textual history. It will appeal to James scholars, book historians and students of early twentieth-century Anglo-American literature and culture, and re-introduce readers to this masterpiece"--"
  • ""This book aims to represent James's fictional career as it evolves, with a fresh and expanded sense of its changing contexts and an informed sense of his developing style, technique and concerns. Consequently it does not attempt to base its choices on the principle of the 'last lifetime edition', which in the case of Henry James is monumentally embodied in the twenty-four volumes of the NYE, the author's selection of nine longer novels (six of them in two volumes) and fifty-eight shorter novels and tales, and including eighteen specially composed Prefaces. The CFHJ, as a general rule, adopts rather the text of the first published book edition of a work, unless the intrinsic particularities and the publishing history of that work require an alternative choice, on the ground that emphasis on the first context in which it was written and read will permit an unprecedented fullness of attention to the transformations in James's writing over five decades, as well as the rich literary and social contexts of their original publication"--"
  • "The story of Lambeth Strather sent to Paris by a widow to bring back her wayward son."@en
  • "Literature Online includes the KnowledgeNotes student guides, a unique collection of critical introductions to major literary works. These high-quality, peer-reviewed academic resources are tailored to the needs of literature students and serve as a complement to the guidance provided by lecturers and seminar teachers."
  • "Literature Online includes the KnowledgeNotes student guides, a unique collection of critical introductions to major literary works. These high-quality, peer-reviewed academic resources are tailored to the needs of literature students and serve as a complement to the guidance provided by lecturers and seminar teachers."@en
  • "Lambert est à Paris pour ramener dans sa Nouvelle-Angleterre natale un jeune héritier, Chad Newsome. Mais l'ambassadeur est conquis à son tour par le Paris des années 1880, et la hiérarchie des valeurs sur laquelle il vivait bascule lentement. Il passe peu à peu du côté de l'ennemi. La soeur de Chad sera le deuxième ambassadeur."
  • "Sent to Paris by a wealthy matron to retrieve her son, Strether becomes sidetracked by an intriguing complication."
  • "At the stage of his career that this was written, Henry James no longer wrote about Americans in Europe simply because it was a foreign setting with which he was familiar. Travel had become an allegory for personal growth, and it was something that he continued to explore. In this novel written to be a quest, Lambert Strether is sent to Paris to recover the wayward son of his wealthy fiancee. As always, nothing is as simple as it seems as Lambert quickly gets swept up in the extravagance and decay of Parisian life. With obstinate expatriates and new loves on every corner, Lambert, with the reader, must decide which path to choose."@en
  • "American Lambert Strether goes to Paris to rescue a friend's son from Parisian life and becomes enamored of that life himself."
  • "Sent to Paris by a wealthy matron to retrieve her son, Strether becomes sidetracked by intriguing complications."@en
  • "Sent to Paris by a wealthy matron to retrieve her son, Strether becomes sidetracked by intriguing complications."
  • "Sent to Paris by a wealthy matron to retrieve her son, Strether becomes sidetracked by intriguing complications"

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