Henry James was the first novelist to write on the theme of the American versus the European with an

Henry James was the first novelist to write on the theme of the American versus the European with an

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Henry James was the first novelist to write on the theme of the American versus the European with  any degree of greatness. Almost all of his major novels may be approached as a study of the social  theme of the American in Europe in which James contrasts the active life of the American with the  mannered life of the European aristocracy. Embodied in this contrast is the moral theme in which the  moral innocence of the American is contrasted with the knowledge and experience (and evil) of the 
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Unformatted text preview: European. In its most general terms, i.e., in terms which will apply to almost any Jamesian novel, the contrasts are seen as follows: THE AMERICAN THE EUROPEAN innocence vs. knowledge or experience utility vs. form and ceremony spontaneity vs. ritual sincerity vs. urbanity action vs. inaction nature vs. art natural vs. artificial honesty vs. evil...
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