The Ambassadors

Henry James

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The Ambassadors is a novel by Henry James, first published in 1903. A dark comedy that tells the story of Lewis Lambert Strether. A cultured if sheltered man from Massachusetts, Strether is sent off to Paris by his wealthy fiancee, Mrs Newsome. His mission is to bring back her son, Chad, so that he can work in the family business and become disentangled from the inappropriate relationship his mother believes him to be in. However, once Strether gets there, he is surprised to discover that Chad has grown into an elegant young man - furthermore, after being introduced to Chad's circle of friends, he begins to wonder at how much he has been missing out in regards to life experiences.

With themes of liberation and mediation, The Ambassadors is ranked highly in James' works, and the author himself proclaimed it as his best novel. It has been adapted into a musical (albeit unsuccessfully), and a television programme.

This book has 164,654 words, 276 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1903.

Production notes: This ebook of The Ambassadors was published by Global Grey on the 2nd June 2018, and updated on the 22nd July 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'Portrait of a Man' by Gustave Caillebotte.

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