Henry James
Henry James was an American writer who spent much of his life and career in Great Britain, widely considered to be one of the greatest writers of the 19th Century or of New World writing. His style of writing is often compared to Impressionist paintings. He became a British citizen in 1915, one year before his death.

Full Name Henry James
Who writer
Birth Date April 15, 1843
Death Date February 28, 1916
Country United States / England
Born New York, New York, USA
Died London, England, UK
Cause of Death stroke
Education Harvard University (School of Law)
Father Henry James Sr.
Mother Mary Walsh James
Spouse Mary Robertson Walsh James

William James

Alice James

Garth Wilkinson James

Robertson James

Children none


James was photographed by Matthew Brady in 1854, as an 11 year old boy.

James had many well connected friends, including William Dean Howells, Charles Eliot Norton, Edmund Gosse, Robert Louis Stevenson, George du Maurier, Paul Bourget, and Edith Wharton, Joseph Conrad, and Constance Fenimore Woolson.

James was a close and lifelong friend of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

James was an acquaintance of Charles Dickens, John Ruskin, Matthew Arnold, William Morris, and George Eliot.

James was a friend of Henry Adams, who introduced James to London society.

James was a friend of John Singer Sargent, and urged him for years to move from Paris to London. When Sargent finally did so in 1886, James helped him to find footing in the competitive London society and art circles. 

While living in Paris in 1875, James met Emile Zola, Alphonse Daudet, Guy de Maupassant, and Ivan Turgenev. He was particularly influenced by Zola and Turgenev, and was a close friend to the two fellow writers.


New York, New York, USA - Born here, 1843. Grew up here, 1843 - 1855. 

Albany, New York, USA - Lived here, around 1846.

Paris, France - Lived here on and off, 1855 - 1860. Stayed here, 1869. Lived here, 1875 - 1876.

Geneva, Switzerland - Stayed here, about 1856.

Boulogne-sur-Mer, France - Stayed here, about 1857.

Newport, Rhode Island, USA - Lived here, 1860 - 1864.

Boston, Massachusetts, USA - Lived here on and off, 1864 - 1869.

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - Lived here, 1862 - 1864.

Rome, Italy - Traveled here, 1869.

London, England, UK - Lived here, 1869 - 1875, and 1876 - 1916. Died here, 1916.

Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England, UK - Visited here, 1877.

Rye, Sussex, England, UK - Stayed here, 1897 - 1898.


- Also read Italian Hours, about James' travels and impressions of Italy.

- Also read The American Scene, in which James travels through and criticizes and observes American life in various cities.

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