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The Wings of the Dove


The Wings of the Dove


The Wings of the Dove is considered by critics to be one of Henry James's greatest achievements, and one of the finest novels in the English language.

It is the story of a young American heiress, Millie Theale, and a classic example of Henry James's morality tales that play off the naiveté of an American protagonist abroad.

In early-20th-century London, Kate Croy and Merton Densher are engaged in a passionate, clandestine love affair. Croy is desperately in love with Densher, who has all the qualities of a potentially excellent husband: he's handsome and charming; the one thing he lacks is money.

Croy and Densher accompany Milly to Venice where Densher, according to Croy's design, will seduce the ailing heiress. The scheme begins to founder when Theale discovers the pair's true motives just before her death.


HENRY JAMES (1843-1916) was an American novelist, playwright, biographer and critic. He is considered one of the finest writers of his time, his masterworks including The American, The Turn of the Screw, Daisy Miller, The Portrait of a Lady, The Wings of the Dove, and The Aspern Papers.

*The Wings of the Dove ranked 26th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century by the Modern Library,


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