(London and New York: Macmillan and Co., 1888). 184 x 127 mm. (7 1/4 x 5"). 2 p.l., 229, [1] pp. Second edition, American issue.

Publisher's original blue cloth with gilt titling and decoration. Half title with ink ownership inscription, "Kate D. Wilson, Jan. 26th, 189[0]." Front pastedown with bookplate inscribed "Capt. James Hart, Baltimore, 26 Feb. [19]46." BAL 10583; Edel A-31b. Spine slightly rolled, tiny snag at top of backstrip and one at bottom, light rubbing to small portions of the joints and extremities, but still a nearly fine copy, the cloth and gilt especially bright, the hinges solid, and the text with virtually no signs of use.

Like many of James' novels, "The Reverberator" chronicles the adventures and misadventures of American innocents abroad. It opens with the visit to Paris of two young sisters who give an unfortunately forthright interview to a reporter working for "The Reverberator." The novel is one of the author's lighter works, with plenty of romance thrown in, and it is easy to read, unlike the difficult, if rewarding, novels of his later period. Henry James (1843-1916) is one of the greatest of American writers, and his literary techniques continue to be influential. Born in New York, the son of a theologian and brother of the well-known philosopher William James, he was educated at Harvard and in Europe. The interplay of American and European values and attitudes is the theme of many of his complex and thoughtful novels. He eventually settled in London, where he became a British citizen shortly before his death.

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