Free Read [Poetry Book] ↠ The Jolly Corner - by Henry James ↠

By Henry James | Comments: ( 682 ) | Date: ( Dec 15, 2019 )

The Jolly Corner is a ghost story written by Henry James 1843 1916 First published in 1908, it tells the story of Spencer Brydon, an American businessman who comes back to the house of his childhood after thirty years, and finds there a strange presenceThis edition also includes an extra story by James, the well known Brooksmith 1891 a biographic note on Jame The Jolly Corner is a ghost story written by Henry James 1843 1916 First published in 1908, it tells the story of Spencer Brydon, an American businessman who comes back to the house of his childhood after thirty years, and finds there a strange presenceThis edition also includes an extra story by James, the well known Brooksmith 1891 a biographic note on James life and works a complete bibliography of James novels, novellas and short stories.


  • Title: The Jolly Corner
  • Author: Henry James
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Kindle Edition

About Author:

Henry James

Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the encounter of America with Europe His plots centered on personal relationships, the proper exercise of power in such relationships, and other moral questions His method of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allowed him to explore the phenomena of consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting.James insisted that writers in Great Britain and America should be allowed the greatest freedom possible in presenting their view of the world, as French authors were His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and unreliable narrators in his own novels and tales brought a new depth and interest to realistic fiction, and foreshadowed the modernist work of the twentieth century An extraordinarily productive writer, in addition to his voluminous works of fiction he published articles and books of travel writing, biography, autobiography, and criticism,and wrote plays, some of which were performed during his lifetime with moderate success His theatrical work is thought to have profoundly influenced his later novels and tales.



Comments The Jolly Corner

  • Thomas

    Sometimes you take a bite out of literature, and sometimes literature takes a bite out of you. Reading The Jolly Corner exhausted me; Henry James's prose, while apt and detailed, felt drawn-out and extended in ways that served only to fulfill the "intellectual for the sake of sounding intellectual" type of writing I come across often while reading classics. I found the story itself intriguing - a man who traveled abroad in Europe comes back to New York after 30 years, and the ghost of his possib [...]


  • arcobaleno

    Cosa sarebbe stato se…?Ad una prima parte introduttiva e ad un’ultima di chiusura, abbastanza scontate, si aggiunge un solido corpo centrale che vale tutto questo “corto romanzo”. In esso appare coinvolgente l’aspetto psicologico; risultano accurate le sfumature, le descrizioni delle ansie, delle fantasticherie, delle ombre del passato; è accattivante la ‘vicenda’, se vicenda si può chiamare un viaggio alla ricerca di se stessi o, meglio, dell’altro se stesso, di quello che sar [...]


  • Nick

    This classic "doppelganger" story sheds new light on Henry James' use of the Gothic. The "Ghost" here is the imagined version of the protagonist as what he might have been if his life had gone a different direction. At first this spectre is dreamed up by a female friend of the protagonist, then the protagonist confronts the ghost. "Is it real, or is it not?" becomes less important than "to whom is the ghost real?" and what does the doppelganger's appearance mean? Is the lonely, repressed female [...]


  • Austin Wright

    Henry JAmes is damn-near unreadable. This "Ghost-story" is a man visiting his childhood home and confronting the man he could have been. Waste of a tree for this to be printed.


  • Ashley

    I don't know why I persist in reading Henry James. He's hard to understand and kind of weird. This book is no exception.


  • Ging

    This short story is undoubtedly unique once you learn how beautifully it was crafted but the experience of reading it is too exhausting for me to like it.


  • No Books

    The Jamesian Reread #2Henry James’ last ghost story, and his finest since The Turn of the Screw, is also his final meditation on some of his most personal concerns: the international theme, the American who goes back after a long period spent in the Old World and his impressions of a rapidly changing country that at the turn of the century was rising to the role of world power. Spencer Brydon, 56, a New Yorker, returns home after living in “Europe” [sic] for 33 years, in order to look afte [...]


  • Els

    Un hombre se enfrenta a su propio fantasma al regresar a Europa.


  • Anthony

    Below are spoilers. I am not going to hide spoilers because as I have said before, when you are reviewing books that are very old, it is hard to imagine someone not being at least partially familiar with such a book. Most that would like to read these do so because they have a familiarity with them, either through school or words they have read from critics. The Jolly Corner is in many ways a pretty straightforward ghost story, or I would say not a ghost story, but a tale of someone having a pee [...]


  • Natasha

    Spencer Brydon returns to his childhood home in New York after living abroad for years. He imagines what he could have been if circumstances had have been different and then begins to see his alternative self as a real flesh and blood person.I'm not sure I fully understood this book, that's not to say I didn't like it, but I did feel like I needed my high school English teacher to come round and explain it to me.


  • Laura

    Free download available at Project Gutenberg.


  • W.B.

    “The Jolly Corner” by Henry James is an examination of the poetics of personalized space, a meditation on how our old haunts can be so psychologically charged that they possess a sort of daemonic force. Maybe you can’t go home again, but even if you can, this tale warns, you probably should not. This short story also muses on the misgivings we all feel about whether or not we are the person we were “meant to be.” What about the better version of ourself that didn’t make it through, t [...]


  • Whitney

    BlllllaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhIs this the same Henry James that wrote The Ghostly Rental??? because THIS story is written completely opposite, and frankly, it sucks. Moving on.


  • Gwen - Chew & Digest Books -

    Reminds me a bit of The Portrait of Dorian Gray only Dorian had more guts and a less frivolous love interest.


  • míol mór

    Versione italiana qui: bit/sxIqx4Henry James��� last ghost story, and his finest since The Turn of the Screw, is also his final meditation on some of his most personal concerns: the international theme, the American who goes back after a long period spent in the Old World, and his impressions of a rapidly changing country that at the turn of the century was rising to the role of world power. Spencer Brydon, 56, a New Yorker, returns home after living in ���Europe��� [sic] for 3 [...]


  • Nancy

    I liked it better this time when I read it.


  • Siv30

    אין חידוש בתובנה שמערכות יחסים בין גברים לנשים מורכבות ומבוססות על רובד חיצוני של התנהגויות ואמירות ורובד סמוי של דברים שאינם נאמרים אבל קיימת ציפייה שיובנו.הנרי ג`יימס, מגדולי הסופרים של ארה"ב ואנגליה, חי באמצע המאה ה- 19. באותה התקופה ברובד החיצוני, ההתנהגות במערכות היחסים מ [...]


  • Jan

    I read this for a Tales from the Crypt reading challenge. I was expecting a ghost story of the same ilk as The Turn of the Screw. I was sorely disappointed. The story had some interesting ideas - the fetishisation of the past, the potential for alternative worlds to exist where the opposite of our actual decisions take alternative versions of ourselves down different paths, the possibility that what we think is happening is actually the reverse. Ultimately, the story didn't work as either ghost [...]


  • susan haris

    The Jolly Corner refers to the house the protagonist grew up in, and his obsession with it as he returns nearly 30 years later. I love how materialistic James is, his characters' attachments to old things and houses are more real than traditions or customs, I don't know, it elevates them in a really personal way that is sentimental. Sometimes I feel like James tells the actual story of characters from screwball comedies of the 30s. For example, The Jolly corner is about the unlived life; not mis [...]


  • Samantha (Nicky's Mom)

    This book was really kind of awful. I could barely understand most of it. The movie was much, much better. It was basically the story of a man who left New York when he was young to study in England. When he returns to find skyscrapers and crowds of people replacing the nice quiet town he grew up in, he starts to search for his alter ego in the house his deceased brother left him. He literally searched for it as though it were a person hiding from him. It was kind of silly and strange, but you g [...]


  • Caroline

    The only James story that ends with a kiss:"You brought me literally to life. Only," he wondered, his eyes rising to her, "only in the name of all the benedictions, how?"It took her but an instant to bend her face and kiss him, and something in the manner of it, and in the way her hands clasped and locked his head while he felt the cool charity and virtue of her lips, something in all this beatitude somehow answered everything. "And now I keep you," she said."


  • Layla

    Brought to you by the man who never met a comma he didn't likeAlso, if you want a lesson in short story composition, I'd turn to Poe. The plot of The Jolly Corner, that of the unlived life or the might-have-been, is interesting, as is the device used to bring it about. But the narration is too meandering, and the paragraphs much too long - especially for something that's meant to be short and fast paced.


  • Vildan Arıcan

    hmmm as a Jamesian feature, it fulfills all the needs for recognizin the voice of the author. however, even if James kindda looks down on Hawthorn in His Man of Letters, he was actually inspired by him as we see the romantic hue in the story, The Jolly Cornerhard to get what he want to tell but that difficulty actually gives you the taste of tiredness when u deal with literature


  • Rachel

    Loved the weird factor. But, I liked it less this time.


  • Peter

    A great James short story. Another sort of ghost story like Turn of the Screw, with a characteristically ambiguous ending. Short and sweet with plenty to think about.


  • Tori

    what


  • Courage

    So, following The Turn of the Screw, I have decided that James is simply not for me. Nono.


  • Cynda

    Not impressed. Nothing here impresses me. Too predictable.


  • Laura Verret

    gutenberg/files/1190/1


  • Cathy

    Good storyonce I'd deciphered the prose and flourishing text! My simple brain needed a lot of strain to keep up with this story.


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