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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,260 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry James Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Henry James’ classic morality tale tells of a triangle of friends and lovers doomed to treachery by overreaching desire. In early-twentieth-century London, Kate Croy is secretly engaged to Merton Denscher, a journalist possessed of all the qualities of an ideal husband except for money. By chance, Kate befriends American heiress Milly Theale, who is suffering from a mysterious and fatal illness. Kate, who truly cares for Milly, devises a scheme to maximize their combined assets: she encourages Merton to take an interest in Milly, to seduce her, and finally, to marry her. By lending her lover to brighten Milly’s few remaining days, Kate intends to make him a rich widower whom she herself can marry. But such well laid plans are not enough for the subtlety of the heart.

This is a brilliant and sophisticated satire of manners and morals in the best Jamesian tradition.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “He is as solitary in the history of the novel as Shakespeare in the history of poetry.”

    Graham Greene

  • The Wings of the Dove represents the pinnacle of James’ prose.”

    Louis Auchincloss, lawyer, novelist, historian, and essayist

  • “The crown of Henry James’ achievement.”

    John Bayley

  • “It may be James’ most ambitious novel...The Wings of the Dove creates its high drama of consciousness from material that is originially and ultimately of the simplest and starkest.”

    Peter Brooks

  • One of Modern Library's 100 Best English-Language Novels of the Twentieth Century

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Daniel | 2/19/2014

    " I put it down at 43%. His writing is perfectly understandable, especially if you let it stream into your consciousness without stopping to wonder what is exactly meant by each phrase. Your first thought is probably correct most of the time so best to simply power through (more like Proust than Shakespeare that is). The story didn't hold my interest and I didn't identify with any of the characters. Maybe a course on James would change my mind, but without historical or literary context this work on its own is uninteresting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Joanne | 2/19/2014

    " I have no patience for all that blather, those impossible sentences. And e e cummings should have capitalized stuff. Yeah. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Anne Schoknecht | 2/18/2014

    " admittedly, i only ready 50 pages of this book. but i bought it, and it resides on my bookshelf, so it counts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Amy | 2/16/2014

    " Oh, Henry James. Henry James! Why are you a dead closeted gay man with an impacted bowel disorder, instead of my best friend? If Henry James were alive, I would take him to the Violet Hour and buy him twenty-five "Juliet + Romeo" cocktails and a tray of deviled eggs. However, there are few people of whom you can say with such confidence that they were literally killed by modernity. So if Henry James were alive today, he would probably die almost instantaneously of shock brought on by the sight of people in shorts. Nevertheless, I wish I could thank him for The Wings of the Dove, and for Kate Croy most of all. The secret heroine of the book, as the smartest woman always is in a Henry James novel. "

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