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The Wings Of The Dove

Henry James

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The Wings of the Dove is a 1902 novel by Henry James. This novel tells the story of Milly Theale, an American heiress stricken with a serious disease, and her impact on the people around her. Some of these people befriend Milly with honorableMoreThe Wings of the Dove is a 1902 novel by Henry James. This novel tells the story of Milly Theale, an American heiress stricken with a serious disease, and her impact on the people around her. Some of these people befriend Milly with honorable motives, while others are more self-interested.Despite the inevitable dissenters, The Wings of the Dove has achieved one of the strongest critical positions of any of James works. Ironically, one of the dissenters, at least to some extent, might have been the author himself. In his preface to the New York Edition, James spent much time confessing to supposed faults in the novel: defective structure, characters not as well presented as they could be, and a general failure to realize his initial plan for the book.By and large, critics have regarded these faults as venial or nonexistent. Instead, theyve concentrated on the central characters and supporting cast, and the technique that James uses in their presentation.In 1998, the Modern Library ranked The Wings of the Dove 26th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. - from Wikipedia