Henry James (1843-1916)

Henry James, O.M., Anglo-American Novelist, of New York, London & Sussex

He was born at 2 Washington Place, New York City, near to his maternal grandmother at 18 (or 19) Washington Square North. His grandfather, William James, had made a fortune (reputedly second only to that of John Jacob Astor in New York) that allowed the family to pursue intellectual paths. From 1869, he relocated to Europe living first in England, then in Paris, before returning to Lamb House at Rye in East Sussex. He died at his London residence, 21 Carlyle Mansions on Cheyne Walk in Chelsea. In 1915, he became a British subject and was three times nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Despite his move to Europe, he was a contemporary and always remained a close friend of Edith Wharton. He wrote 20 novels, 112 stories and 12 plays. His most famous books include, The American; The Portrait of a Lady; The Bostonians; The Ambassadors; The Turn of the Screw; and, Washington Square. He did not marry.