Born in New York in 1843, but having spent most of his life overseas, and above all in England, where he died in 1916, Henry James left a huge creative legacy - twenty-one novels (including such masterpieces as "The Portrait of a Lady", "The Wings of the Dove", "The Ambassadors", "The Golden Bowl"), a large number of short stories and short stories, travelogues, autobiography, criticism, letters, notes and commentaries. The Bulgarian reader is familiar with some of his works of fiction, but here, in this collection, the critical mastery of this remarkable creator is presented for the first time in the Bulgarian language. Along with his most important literary-theoretical texts, first and foremost the famous seminal essay The Art of Fiction, the book also includes a series of critical portraits of writers whom James admired and some of whom he knew closely.
Some readers like the bright effervescent comedy of early Henry James, where the dialogue can remind you of Mozart; others the grave majesty of his late style - those sentences that seem to pulse with the very force of thought. His critics used to complain that he wrote too well, that his books weren’t the comfort food they were used to. Nowadays, of course, he seems like the voice of leisure itself, of a world with the time to look and think and linger.