April 15, 2003
A Literary Milestone

Today is Henry James' 160th birthday. In honor of the occasion, I have formatted and uploaded one of my favorite short stories, A Bundle of Letters (1879). Three Americans, an Englishman, a Frenchman, and a German professor sit around a French pension writing rude letters about each other to their friends and relatives. The effect is slightly Rashomonic, with lots of still-amusing national stereotypes. Warning: there is a fair amount of untranslated French, though most of it is easy.

Posted by Dr. Weevil at April 15, 2003 10:31 PM