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James' literary career has been divided into three stages or "periods": the early period, the middle  years, and the "later manner" or, more popularly, the major phase. The period of James' apprenticeship and first success — the early period of his career — is  characterized by his discovery and development of the "international" theme: the study of the  American abroad, the juxtaposition of New World innocence and Old World experience, American  freedom and European convention, and an examination of the conflicting values of the two societies.  Works of this period include  Roderick Hudson  (1875);  The American  (1877), James' first really  successful novel;  Daisy Miller  (1879);  The Europeans  (1878); and the triumphant novel which ends  this period,  The Portrait of a Lady  (1881). James' second period, the middle phase of his career, has also been labeled the period of his 
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