The Wings of the Dove

The Wings of the Dove

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Emerging from the grit and stigma of poverty to a life of fairytale privilege under the wing of her aunt, the beautiful and financially ambitious Kate Croy is already romantically involved with promising journalist Merton Densher when they become acquainted with Milly Theale, a New York socialite of immense wealth. Learning of Milly's mortal illness and passionate attraction to Densher, Kate sets the scene for a romantic betrayal intended to secure her lasting financial security. As the dyingMilly retreats within the carnival splendour of a Venetian palazzo, becoming the frail hub of a predatory circle of fortune-seekers, James unfolds a resonant, brooding tale of doomed passion, betrayal, human resilience and remorse.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 19mm | 298g
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0141186232
  • 9780141186238

Author information

Born in New York of Irish and Scottish ancestry and educated in New York, London, Paris and Vienna, Henry James is today best known for his cosmopolitan and often haunting portraits of European and American life. James was also a prolific writer ofliterary criticism and shorter fiction. James settled in England in 1876, where he spent most of the rest of his life and completed his best-known work.
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2 7% (1,025)
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