Henry James was a true cosmopolite. He was a citizen of the world, and moved freely in and out of drawing rooms in Europe, England and America. He was perhaps more at home in Europe than he was in America, but the roots of his life belong to the American continent. Thus, with few exceptions, most of his works deal with some type of confrontation between an American and a European.Henry James was born in New York in 1843. His father, Henry James, Sr., had inherited a considerable sum of money, and spent his time in leisured pursuit of theology and philosophy. The father often wrote essays and treatises on aspects of religion and philosophy and developed a certain degree of mysticism. Among the guests in the James' household were some of the most famous minds of the mid-nineteenth century. Henry James was able to hear his father converse with
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