Roderick Hudson is one of Henry James's first novels.
Originally published in 1875 as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly, it traces the development of the title character, a sculptor. Funded by the wealthy Rowland Mallet, Roderick Hudson travels from America to Rome, where he becomes the talk of the city. He soon finds that Europe tests him in ways he had not anticipated, both as an artist and as a man.
American-born English author Henry James (1843- 1916) was one of the founders and leaders of realism in fiction and is considered to be one of the great British novelists.
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