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The Wings of the Dove (The Modern Library, 244)

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The Wings of the Dove (The Modern Library, 244)

by Henry James

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ISBN 10
0812967194
ISBN 13
9780812967197
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New York: Random House / Modern Library, 1946. Hardcover. Green cloth over boards with gilt torchbearer and gilt titles in black rectangle on front cover and spine. Gray Kent Modern Library endpapers. Good book / no jacket. Notes and underlining in pencil. Rear hinge cracked. Spine straight and sound. Corners and ends frayed and bumped. Small hole in rear hinge. Covers clean. Not from a library. xxx + 768 pages.

Synopsis

Set in turn-of-the-century London, Henry James’ The Wings of the Dove tells the story of Mildred “Milly” Theale, an orphaned American heiress, and the mixed motives of those around her, namely Kate Croy. Kate is a scheming young woman in love with Merton Densher, a man too poor to offer her a “fashionable marriage.” Thus, she conspires to push Merton towards Milly, who has an unnamed fatal illness, with the hope of eventually enhancing her lover’s financial status. Like much of James’ earlier works, The Wings of the Dove involves the universal themes of selfishness, greed, conspiracy, love, and betrayal. It also addresses the Victorian tradition and pitches American innocence against European cunning. However, the novel, written later in the author’s life, deals with deeper psychological aspects than his earlier works. While it does include social commentary, the central conflict of the novel regards moral character as opposed to cultural background. There have been many adaptations of The Wings of the Dove. Perhaps most notable is director Iain Softley’s 1997 film version starring Alison Elliott as Milly Theale, Helena Bonham Carter as Kate Croy, and Linus Roache as Merton Densher. The film was a box office hit that won several prizes and award nominations, including Bonham Carter’s Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. The Wings of the Dove is ranked 26th on Modern Library's list of the “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century. 

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Bookseller’s Inventory #
RWARE0000003058
Title
The Wings of the Dove (The Modern Library, 244)
Author
Henry James
Format/binding
Hardback
Book condition
Used - Good
Quantity available
1
Edition
Modern Library
Binding
Hardcover
ISBN 10
0812967194
ISBN 13
9780812967197
Publisher
Random House / Modern Library
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1946
Pages
xxx + 768
Size
8vo
Keywords
fiction, psychological, illness, love stories, triangles, women, youth, expats, Americans, London, England, Vencie, Italy
Bookseller catalogs
Fiction; Europe; Erotica; Britain;
Size
8vo

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