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ISBN: 0140433503
Author: Henry James
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Classics (March 1, 1995)
Pages: 240
Category: Classics
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.5
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The Sacred Fount is a novel by Henry James, first published in 1901.

The Sacred Fount is a novel by Henry James, first published in 1901. This strange, often baffling book concerns an unnamed narrator who attempts to discover the truth about the love lives of his fellow guests at a weekend party in the English countryside. He spurns the "detective and keyhole" methods as ignoble, and instead tries to decipher these relationships purely from the behavior and appearance of each guest

The Sacred Fount book. Ghastly grim and ancient James wandering from the nightly shore - Tell me what thy lordly name is on The Sacred Fount's Plutonian shore!' Quoth Henry James, &.

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Henry James (1843-1916), born in New York City, was the son of noted religious philosopher Henry James, Sr. .

Henry James (1843-1916), born in New York City, was the son of noted religious philosopher Henry James, S. and brother of eminent psychologist and philosopher William James. He spent his early life in America and studied in Geneva, London and Paris during his adolescence to gain the worldly experience so prized by his father. and . Paperback: 704 pages.

One of Henry James's most mesmerizing and unusual novels, The Sacred Fount ( 1901) has for its scene a weekend . Here James leads the reader down a bizarre garden path

One of Henry James's most mesmerizing and unusual novels, The Sacred Fount ( 1901) has for its scene a weekend party at the great English country house Newmarch. Here James leads the reader down a bizarre garden path. The Sacred Fount-his only novel to employ a first-person narrator-places us in the hands of an obsessive novelist ( never named and never described, but perhaps familiar), who detects alarming changes in his acquaintances.

Items related to The Sacred Fount (Penguin Classics). Book Condition: Used: Good. Home Henry James; Contributor-John Lyon The Sacred Fount (Penguin Classics). The Sacred Fount (Penguin Classics). Henry James; Contributor-John Lyon. Synopsis: The narrator speculates upon the relationships between house guests at a weekend party. One of Henry James's most mesmerizing and unusual novels, The Sacred Fount ( 1901) has for its scene a weekend party at the great English country house Newmarch. Henry James, (born April 15, 1843, New York, New York, . died February 28, 1916, London, England), American novelist and, as a naturalized English citizen from 1915, a great figure in the transatlantic culture.

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The narrator speculates upon the relationships between house guests at a weekend party. John Lyon's introduction discusses how the story grew away from James, becoming a curiously intimate revelation of his interests and methods. Notes and textual revisions are also included.

Comments:

Breder
Even calling it an "edition" of James's Sacred Fount is a stretch. I ordered it because it was the only copy of the book that would arrive by the time I needed it, but it's deceiving: it's literally just a printout of the Project Gutenberg text, produced specifically for you when you order it. No preface, no notes on the original text, no editing. They didn't even bother to put in page numbers, which was beyond frustrating.

If you're looking for a review of The Sacred Fount itself, it was also terrible. I generally love James but this novel was impossible to get though.
bass
Who can resist a Henry James short story? The language and structure are breathtaking. I recommend (what hubris) to any seeker of fine and careful writing.
Brialelis
I'm trying hard to enjoy Henry James after having him mentioned so often by Donna Leon in her Brunetti series, but am still not converted.
salivan
Everything was fine. Thanks !!
Hadadel
A.strange book that could be responded to as an exami ation of what happens when people gossip, speculate, pro ject, suspect rather than get to know each other. or it could also be seen as an examination of the effect of relationships on the two people involved, the ways that one may drai n the vitality and life force from the other, perhaps also because of the absence of actuallly caring for and getting to know each other. it could br seen as a really good book that shows through the conversation and development (or lack of it) of the characters, and therefore shows us rather than tells us what he is trying to say. some say it is an early example of post-modern writing which leaves all reality at question and depicts a world of uncertainty and A certain meaninglessness. Henry James writes well (duh) so it is compleeing in some waya, confusiing interesting, making me wants to know "who is really involved with whom". but it drive me absolutely crazy to read it. not for the faint-hearted and probably best for those. who get interesrestedcin kate Henry James.
Purebinder
First let's negotiate! I refuse to be held responsible if you, dear reader, attempt this book and find it unbearably verbose, obtuse, and tedious. I do not recommend it unless: a. you are already convinced of the special genius of Henry James, b. you relish books that are extremely convoluted, almost puzzle-like, in which the chief delight is to be found in the sense that you can grasp what the devil the author is up to (Nabokov's 'Pale Fire' is such a book), c. you have a demonic ability to keep track of details, to 'fix' items of syntax in your short term memory with enough attention to recompose them into units of meaning, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, chapter by chapter, at least retentively enough to arrive at the last page with an impression, however vague, of the whole book.

Nothing happens. Nothing! If anything has happened, outside the framework of the book, you'll never know what it was, though being of a mind similar to Henry James's, you'll be endlessly stimulated by wondering what it might have been. The whole inaction takes place in one day. The narrator sets off early, by train, for a country estate, Newmarch, to spend the day immersed in his social circle of 'brilliant' friends. [The narrator is never given a name, but no one could mistake the truth that it's James himself. Thus the whole novel is a kind of confession, an embarrassed self-vivisection, of a man whose entire life consists of insufferable curiosity about the lives of others. James is revealing his own methodology of observation, obsessive/compulsive eavesdropping, the perhaps slightly repulsive basis of all his writing.] On the railroad platform, the narrator encounters another man on his way to Newmarch; this other, Gilbert Long, is "a fine piece of human furniture" but a dullard, in the narrator's opinion. However, Long enters into conversation with an astonishing vivacity, a new flair, and the narrator instantly surmises that he has been 'elevated' to wit by a secret romance. The rest of the day, until a final midnight conversational joust with a woman friend, Mrs. Brissenden, at Newmarch, will be spent on the narrator's prying into Long's personal business. Here's a sample:
"It could not but be exciting to talk, as we talked, on the basis of those suppressed processes and unavowed references which made the meaning of our meeting so different from its form. We knew ourselves -- what moved me, that is, was that she knew me -- to mean, at every point, immensely more than I said or than she answered; just as she saw me, at the same points, measure the spaces by which her answers fell short. This made my conversation with her a totally other and far more interesting thing than any colloquy I had ever enjoyed..."

Putting it simply, this is an epic of Gossip. It's all talk. The talk is the prize, as everybody talks about everybody and yet denies talking to anybody about anything of importance. The talk is presumed to be fiendishly witty; indeed, not to be witty is the final shame. In fact, most readers will find the talk annoyingly evasive, pretentious, and parenthetical. Personally, I think I would find a day at Newmarch an unutterable torment. But there is an element of historical realism in The Sacred Fount; I come away from reading it with the impression that such a place as Newmarch did exist, that such people did matter to each other's egos, and that Henry James swam through such English society like an ice-fish through Antarctic currents.

There is a touch of sorrow in the narrator's self-awareness, a recognition of the bloodless irrelevancy of his own role as a hypersensitive observer, a acknowledgement that in the end nobody is comfortable with his presence, however much they might cower before his invasive cleverness. Genius that he was, it could not always have been pleasant to be Henry James.
Malojurus
The Sacred Fount is the first great modernist novel, as well asan ignored one. The plot is kind of odd. The narrator, at a weekendparty, thinks that he is observing some sort of vampire-like transactions of vitality between the guests. He spends the next two days trying to find who has vampiric control over whom. Odd, but brilliant. END
I just can't read it. Lower case letter! How could you think of that kind of layout?!

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