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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,311 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry James Narrator: Robin Lawson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781455169825
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During a trip to Europe, wealthy American businessman Christopher Newman proposes marriage to the scintillating and beautiful aristocrat Claire de Cintri. To his dismay, he comes up against the machinations of her impoverished but proud family, who find Newman to be a vulgar example of the American privileged class. Brilliantly combining elements of comedy, tragedy, romance, and melodrama, this tale of thwarted desire vividly contrasts nineteenth-century American and European manners.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A masterpiece of American romanticism in which James shows us his profound grasp of what he was ultimately to call ‘the Americo-European legend.’”

    Leon Edel, literary critic, biographer, and foremost authority on the works of Henry James

  • “The fine touch with which James explores the complexities of [the] scenario marks an extraordinary advance.”

    Amazon.co.uk, editorial review

  • “The whole world was a rough place, as James would prove in fiction after fiction, brimming with pain and violence and darkness…One may see in The American his first great effort to take and give readers, in the largest sense of the words, the rough with the smooth.”

    Adrian Poole, author of The Cambridge Companion to English Novelists

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JB | 2/20/2014

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    " The perfect anatomical reference guide. "

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    " As an inspiring doctor, this book holds a enormous amount of helpful information. Immensely detailed and may require a long time to read depending on whether or not you can learn from it well. I am not finished with it yet, still taking notes on the cardiovascular system but can't wait to read the other body systems. It is a valid resource and great reference for anything in the medical field. It has been a tremendous aid for me considering I am currently in a medical terminology class. "

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    " This book has been so great for my osteology studies. I love it and own it in 2 editions - this paperback and one Barnes N Noble put out in hardcover with beautiful binding. "

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    " The text book which most medical students read for Anatomy is also probably the book with the best review a book can ever get - "God read Grays Anatomy and created Human beings" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sofia | 1/16/2014

    " So, so beautiful. The illustrations are amazing and keep the book accessible to anyone, whether they are studying medicine, biology, or just using it for art reference. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erik Borgmeyer | 1/11/2014

    " Good Reference Book. Very In-Depth. Very. "

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny Schmenny | 12/26/2013

    " Kinda dry, almost completely useless on a day-to-day level, and I've barely cracked it open. Yet for some reason, I own two copies. I heart anatomy. "

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    " Nice book and cheap price but still old a lot of things need to be updated "

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    " No tiene tantos diagramas como debe ser un libro de anatomia "

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About the Author
Author Henry James

Henry James (1843–1916), American novelist, short-story writer, and man of letters, was born in Washington Place, New York, to a family of distinguished philosophers and theologians. He attended schools in New York, Boston, and throughout Europe, where he later settled. A major figure in the history of the novel, he is celebrated as a master craftsman who brought his great art and impeccable technique to bear in the development of abiding moral themes.