"The girl had been in England more than a year, but there were some satisfactions she had not got used to yet nor ceased to enjoy": First Edition of Henry James' A London Life and Other Stories

  • A London Life.
  • A London Life.

A London Life.

Item Number: 80113

London and New York: Macmillan and Co, 1889.

First edition of this distinctly ‘Jamesian’ novella. Octavo, original cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel. In very good condition with light rubbing.

The plot of A London Life revolves around a crumbling marriage and its impact on the many people connected to the couple, particularly the sister of the soon-to-be-divorced wife, Laura Wing. A classic example of the Jamesian "central consciousness," Laura's reflections and emotions color the presentation of the storyline and the other characters. The tale is notable for its straightforward, even hard-edged approach to sexuality and divorce, reflecting the influence of French naturalism on James during the 1880s.