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Now in its 14th year of publication, this magazine was created to offer the discerning reader a stimulating selection of excellent original writing. Black Lamb Review is a literate rather than a literary publication. Regular columns by writers in a variety of geographic locations and vocations are supplemented by features, reviews, articles on books and authors, and a selection of “departments,” including an acerbic advice column and a lamb recipe.

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Last Week in Literary History

April 14th, 2002

American novelist Henry James (The Portrait of a Lady, 1881) is born in 1843 in New York City.

Henry James, b. April 14, 1843, d. 1916

jameshenryThey used to tell me, when I was five and twenty and a devouring reader of all things fictional, that I would eventually, perhaps when I was fifty, find Henry James not only interesting, but magnificent. It didn’t happen, at least with the novels. It’s a matter of accretion; all the subtleties, nuances, and elaborately constructed sentences at the beginning of each novel continue to be subtle, nuanced, and elaborate ad infinitum — and always curiously bloodless. We’ve listed some of the novels below, but it’s the tales and short stories that James should be remembered for; they give us the Old Virgin at his best, because least windy.

Suggested Reading Novels The Americans, 1877. Daisy Miller, 1879. Washington Square, 1881. The Portrait of a Lady, 1881. The Bostonians, 1886. What Maisie Knew, 1897. The Wings of the Dove, 1902. The Ambassadors, 1903. The Golden Bowl, 1904. Stories & Tales Novels and Tales, 1909. Other The American Scene, 1907. The Art of the Novel, 1934.

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