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Book Title: The Reverberator|
The author of the book: Henry James
ISBN 13: 9781406526806
Edition: Dodo Press
Date of issue: May 4th 2007
Format files: PDF
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The title refers to an American newspaper, not a coveted sex toy. A major character, George Flack, pushy, funsy fella in Europe, rollicks the plot by sending a gossipy "Abroad" col home about some Americans in Paris, c 1888. Henry James frowned upon the Press and its vulgar excuse to "Get a story" -- any story, especially if it's trivial. Interestingly, "Flack" is the word used for any publicist (pr person) who is paid to promote a client or "plant" a story in the Press. Our august Press - ink/online - is 85% dependent upon "flackery" to fill its space. Mostly it's the editors who have 3d rate minds. James based his comedy of manners on a reporter who betrayed a US ambassador by scribbling an off-record chat. James >unintentionally< leaves our sympathies w Flack and Francie. A tempest in a demi-tasse.
Francie, our heroine, a beautiful but naive American girl, finds her silly marriage to an aristo threatened by what she innocently tells Flack, who pursues copy for a column (and loves Francie). It's a Comedy of Innocence that foreshadows the people-celebrity oriented trash that consumes ink/tv/online. Except now it's Big Bizness. The Only Media Bizness.
After disappointmenting sales fr The Bostonians and The Princess Casamassima (swell NET password, eh?), James settled on this jeu d'esprit. For lumpkins who find James long-winded, I suggest this neglected fable (2d tier Js), where Francie and her daddy keep marrons glacees on every table.
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Read information about the authorHenry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr., brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American-born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction. He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death. He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the encounter of America with Europe. His plots centered on personal relationships, the proper exercise of power in such relationships, and other moral questions. His method of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allowed him to explore the phenomena of consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting.
James insisted that writers in Great Britain and America should be allowed the greatest freedom possible in presenting their view of the world, as French authors were. His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and unreliable narrators in his own novels and tales brought a new depth and interest to realistic fiction, and foreshadowed the modernist work of the twentieth century. An extraordinarily productive writer, in addition to his voluminous works of fiction he published articles and books of travel writing, biography, autobiography, and criticism,and wrote plays, some of which were performed during his lifetime with moderate success. His theatrical work is thought to have profoundly influenced his later novels and tales.
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