The American

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The American

by Henry James
The American is a novel by Henry James. The novel is an uneasy combination of social comedy and melodrama concerning the adventures and misadventures of Christopher Newman, an essentially good-hearted but rather gauche American businessman on his first tour of Europe. Newman is looking for a world different from the simple, harsh realities of 19th-century American business. He encounters both the beauty and the ugliness of Europe, and learns not to take either for granted. The core of the novel concerns Newman's courtship of a young widow from an aristocratic Parisian family.— Excerpted from The American on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Versions of The American include:


  • The American (unsourced edition)
    — A text copied from Project Gutenberg. The text is that of the first American edition, but the provenance is otherwise unknown.