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James Pepper Rare Books, Inc. Three volumes, original blue cloth, lightly rubbed, covers spotted, and traces of removed labels removed on front covers, two endpapers cracking slightly, but all hinges sound. A very good copy of the scarce triple-decker, one of copies printed, issued shortly after the two-volume U. James's last triple-decker, and his last book published by Macmillan. From the Paul Lemperley collection.

Edel A34b; BAL One of copies. Publisher's dark blue cloth, lettered in gilt, black coated endpapers. About near fine, with some light wear to the extremities, bright gilt, former owner's inscription to the front pastedowns, scattered spotting, otherwise bright and fresh pages, upper covers have evidence of bookplate removal, spines slightly starting at front hinge of Volume I, otherwise sturdy and intact spines.

Overall, bright and attractive, in unsophisticated original cloth. The plot tells of two aspiring artists, painter Nick Dormer and actress Miriam Rooth, who endeavor to find both artistic and commercial success. The large cast of characters that encounter Nick and Miriam throughout the text comprise a panoramic view of nineteenth century English society. James originally offered The Tragic Muse to Macmillan, but was dissatisfied with their offers.

Accordingly, the first edition of this text was published on June 7, , by Houghton, Mifflin, and Co.

The Tragic Muse (Penguin Classics)

Notorious for heavily editing his serialized stories before book publication, James naturally made many revisions to The Tragic Muse, and his dual publication lead to slightly different revisions in the American and English editions. Notably, the use of punctuation, specifically commas, varies significantly in the Atlantic Monthly, Houghton, and Macmillan editions, with the heaviest use in the Atlantic Monthly and lightest in Macmillan.

As James was known for using commas sparingly, this first English edition most closely mirrors the author's natural writing style.. Original gilt decorated cloth. Houghton, Mifflin and Co. A fine, fresh set. Macmillan and Company Three volumes, crown octavo. Bound in original blue cloth, titled in gilt, coated black endpapers.

No ownership names, internally clean, Mudie's library labels to all volumes one neatly removed , bindings shelfworn, text blocks shaken in the case with gauze-cloth joints showing to inside gutters. A used but serviceable and inexpensive set, housed in a robust fleece-lined slipcase.

Henry James' classic comedy of manners, this was his final triple decker. Adrian Harrington Rare Books. Three volumes, original publisher's blue cloth. Louis Auchincloss's copy bearing his bookplate to each volume. An additional former owner bookplate to the front pastedowns of each volume, some wear with fraying to spine ends and corners, short tears along spine, hinges cracked and secure. A good, completely unrestored set, housed in a custom cloth box with folding chemise. Auchincloss wrote in his novel, The Dark Lady: It's the best novel written about an actress. A rising young diplomat asks the heroine to give up her career to become his wife and a future ambassadress.

Ah how James saw it, the idiocy of any man's thinking that a real actress could even consider balancing love against the stage!

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Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Better World Books Condition: London, Macmillan, [Colonial Library edition]. Octavo, [iv], , 4 publisher's advertisements pages.

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Original green cloth a little flecked and marked mainly on the rear cover, where there is also some loss of colour to the bottom corner due to moisture ; short closed tear very slightly chipped to the head of the spine, with a tiny nick to the foot; endpapers offset; tiny top corner crease to four consecutive leaves; a very good copy with the contemporary label of Hyde's Bible Hall and Book Depot, 79 Rundle Street, Adelaide on the rear pastedown.

Macmillan's Colonial Library Number Edel and Laurence F53 but see also A34c, with which it conforms, minus the page January catalogue. This second British edition was preceded only by the Boston two-volume edition limited to sets, and the London three-decker limited to sets, both issued in the same year. Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers. The Tragic Muse Henry James Ships with Tracking Number!

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Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Hard To Find Books. Henry James' broad story of two artistic individuals striving for success and fulfilment in late Victorian England.

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Miriam Rooth, one of those characters who endeavours to succeed on the stage, is often considered one of James' best creations. Her vivacity and energy are set against a number of moral failings, and she is widely considered highly engaging. It was written shortly before James' own fateful attempt to succeed in theatre, and displays a love of the medium, if an ambivalence towards some of its practitioners. James' most 'un-Jamesian' work, the plot 'cheerfully' ambles along with a huge supporting cast. This is the second edition, the first in one volume.

Recently I have been working my way through Henry James. Having only nibbled at the edges of his work before, I was not even aware of The Tragic Muse. Having read it, I went online to read about it A book for our times! Reminded me of Lindsay Lohan a lot.


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The obsession with people being famous just for being famous felt really contemporary, while at times it felt more overtly Victorian than most HJ. Psychologist-philosopher William James was his brother.

In , he moved to London, having decided to live abroad permanently. James was a prolific writer; his writings include 22 novels, tales, 15 plays, approximately 10 books of criticism, and 7 travel books.