The American (unsourced edition)

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The American  (1877) 
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 aristrocatic Parisian family.Excerpted from The American (novel) on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.