Written by Henry James
Introduction by Choire Sicha
Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Melville House
ISBN: 978-1-61219-156-0 (1-61219-156-8)
Pub Date: April 23, 2013
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It's unclear why even many Henry James fans aren't familiar with this wicked early work, as it's James at his scathing best --- piercing, elegant, and ahead of his time.
The story of an American hack journalist in Europe, The Reverberator is an early example of James' fascination with Americans confronting Europe's version of civilized society. Yet here he gives the theme a sly twist, as the Europeans find themselves enamored with a particularly uncivil brand of Americanism ...
George Flack, a rising star in the scandal-mongering new American journalism of the 1880s, finds himself posted to Paris as a foreign correspondent for The Reverberator. And, like half of Paris, he finds himself in love with the beautiful but naïve --- and engaged --- American girl Francie Dosson. But when Francie innocently reveals something about her fiancé's snobby family to Flack, Francie, her fiancé, and all of Paris suddenly find themselves in a public scandal of a type not seen before in the world's most sophisticated city.
Informed, no doubt, by James own, miserable experience as a Paris-based correspondent for the New York Tribune, The Reverberator features his normal lucid and penetrating prose, although less complicated than his later prose --- and with a bit of extra zing his fans may not expect.
ebook ISBN: 978-1-61219-157-7
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