"I've always been interested in people, but I've never liked them." - Henry James
Henry James is one of the English-speaking world's most influential authors. An American eventually turned British subject, James' work is a key piece in the literary shift from realism to modernism. Many of James' novels dealt with the interactions of the English, the rest of Europe, and the newly emigrated Americans. The wise but corrupt old world often square off against the lively and innocent new world. James was a widely published author, penning multiple essays and short narratives before attempting his first novel. James never married, and spent years traveling throughout western Europe before his death in London at the age of 72.