Introduction by Colm TOibIn
One of the final masterpieces from one of the world's greatest authors, Henry James's "The Ambassadors" is now available for the first time in a Modern Library edition, with a new Introduction by acclaimed novelist Colm TOibIn. A keenly observed tale of a man's awakening to life, this dark comic novel follows Lewis Lambert Strether, a middle-aged widower, on a mission to Europe to convince his fiancEe's wayward son to forsake the pleasures of Paris and return to America. Rich with fin de siEcle detail, "The Ambassadors" brims with finely drawn character portraits, including one of the Master's most unforgettable heroines--the beguiling Madame de Vionnet. This was the novel that Henry James himself considered his finest, and no one is better equipped to put it into literary and historical context than Colm TOibIn, whose award-winning novel "The Master" depicted the inner life of James in the final years of the nineteenth century.
About the Author
Henry James is one of the greatest American novelists, and spent his last years in England. Among his numerous works are The Ambassadors and The Golden Bowl, his two masterpieces.
Colm Toibin is the author of eight novels, three of which have been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize: "The Blackwater Lightship", "The Master "(the "Los Angeles Times" Novel of the Year), and "The Testament of Mary". His other novels include "Nora Webster" and "Brooklyn". He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University, a regular contributor to the "New York Review of Books", and a contributing editor at the "London Review of Books".