The American Henry James's descriptions of the countryside, monuments, universities, cathedrals, castles, customs and manners of the English are filled with elegant charm and good humour. Here he delights in the hidden corners of ancient Chester streets, marvels at the drunken jollity of Epsom Derby day and savours the calm shadows of Glastonbury abbey, in a hymn to stained-glass windows, crumbling cottages, Norman towers, weather-beaten gables and the English genius.
Generations of inhabitants have helped shape the English countryside - but it has profoundly shaped us too.It has provoked a huge variety of responses from artists, writers, musicians and people who live and work on the land - as well as those who are travelling through it.English Journeys celebrates this long tradition with a series of twenty books on all aspects of the countryside, from stargazey pie and country churches, to man's relationship with nature and songs celebrating the patterns of the countryside (as well as ghosts and love-struck soldiers).
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Henry James (1843-1916) was born in New York City and is renowned as one of the greatest novelists in the English language. An expatriate in London from 1876, he wrote frequently about the tensions between the new world of America and the old world of Europe. James lived in Lamb House in Rye, East Sussex, for many years, and became a British citizen in 1915.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
`The walk to church from a beautiful country-house, of a lovely summer afternoon, may be the prettiest possible adventure'
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