Delve Summer 2019: A Beginner’s Guide to Henry James


Delve Summer 2019: A Beginner’s Guide to Henry James


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Mondays, June 3 – June 17, 2019 (three sessions)
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Guide: Christopher Lord, Tuition: $110

If Henry James is an acquired taste, here is your chance to introduce yourself to “The Master” at his most approachable in these two short novels, among James’s most famous works.

We will begin with “The Turn of the Screw,” one of the most enigmatic ghost stories ever written, one that generates tons of critical ink on both its content and its presentation. Is the unnamed English governess hysterical; or is she locked in combat with two evil spirits for control of the souls of Miles and Flora, the two children in her charge?

Then we will read James’s all-time best seller during his lifetime, “Daisy Miller,” an early example of what later became known as the “International Theme,” where he exposes the artifice and class differences of Americans and/or Europeans away from the comforts of their native soil. The charming protagonist is a puzzle: is Daisy (the quintessential emblem of America) an innocent abroad, or a shameless coquette lacking common moral sensibilities?


Christopher Lord is the author of the Dickens Junction Mysteries, a past recipient of a Literary Arts Fellowship, and has been a frequent Delve Guide for works by Dickens, Hardy, Forster, and the “Golden Age” of Detective Fiction.

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