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The Wings Of The Dove (Two Volumes, First Printings Of True First Edition, With Signature Of Henry James Clipped From A Letter To John Galsworthy)

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The Wings Of The Dove (Two Volumes, First Printings Of True First Edition, With Signature Of Henry James Clipped From A Letter To John Galsworthy)

by James, Henry

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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1902. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Cloth, Gilt. Near Fine/No Jacket. 329, 439 Pp. Two Volumes. Brown Cloth, Gilt, Deckled Edges, Top Edges Gilt. One Of 2000 Copies Of The First American Printing, Which Precedes The British Printing. Very Near Fine. Gilt Strong And Brilliant. Cloth Entirely Clean, Gilt Brilliant, No Names Or Marks, A Near Fine Set. Clipped Signature Of Henry James With A Part Of A Letter, Mounted On Paper Which Is Annotated "Sent To Me By Mrs. Galsworthy From A Letter To Her Husband".( Elaborate Personal Bookplates Of A Philadelphia Woman, Helen Forrester Hoopes, Who Appears In Philadelphia Directories Etc. At The Turn Of The Century But The Bookplate Shows A Woman, Presumably Her In Circa 1910'S-1920'S Dress, Playing A Piano Before A Huge Window Overlooking A Lake.)

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 #
041734
Title
The Wings Of The Dove (Two Volumes, First Printings Of True First Edition, With Signature Of Henry James Clipped From A Letter To John Galsworthy)
Author
James, Henry
Format/binding
Cloth, Gilt
Book condition
Used - Near Fine
Jacket condition
No Jacket
Quantity-available
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Edition
1st Edition 1st Printing
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Charles Scribner's Sons
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1902
Keywords
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