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Roderick Hudson

Henry James

Published as a serial in 1875, Roderick Hudson is James's first important novel. The theme of Americans in Europe, so important in much of James's work, is already central to the story. Hudson is a young law student in Northampton, Massachusetts, who shows such surprising ability as a sculptor that the rich Rowland Mallett, visiting a cousin in Northampton, decides to stake him to several years of study in Rome, then a center of expatriate American society. The story has to do not only with Roderick's growth as an artist and the problems it brings, but also as a man susceptible to his new environment, and indeed his occasional rivalries with his American friend and patron. Interestingly enough, at least two of the book's characters made sufficient impression on James that he brought them back in other books: the French-Italian-Yankee sculptor, Gloriani, who appears later in The American, and Christina Light, the American who becomes the subject of Princess Casamassima, one of James's later (and much longer) novels. (Introduction by Nicholas Clifford)

Published as a serial in 1875, Roderick Hudson is James's first important novel. The theme of Americans in Europe, so important in much of James's work, is already central to the story. Hudson is a young law student in Northampton, Massachusetts, who shows such surprising ability as a sculptor that the rich Rowland Mallett, visiting a cousin in Northampton, decides to stake him to several years of study in Rome, then a center of expatriate American society. The story has to do not only with Roderick's growth as an artist and the problems it brings, but also as a man susceptible to his new environment, and indeed his occasional rivalries with his American friend and patron. Interestingly enough, at least two of the book's characters made sufficient impression on James that he brought them back in other books: the French-Italian-Yankee sculptor, Gloriani, who appears later in The American, and Christina Light, the American who becomes the subject of Princess Casamassima, one of James's later (and much longer) novels. (Introduction by Nicholas Clifford)
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Published as a serial in 1875, Roderick Hudson is James's first important novel. The theme of Americans in Europe, so important in much of James's work, is already central to the story. Hudson is a young law student in Northampton, Massachusetts, who shows such surprising ability as a sculptor that the rich Rowland Mallett, visiting a cousin in Northampton, decides to stake him to several years of study in Rome, then a center of expatriate American society. The story has to do not only with Roderick's growth as an artist and the problems it brings, but also as a man susceptible to his new environment, and indeed his occasional rivalries with his American friend and patron. Interestingly enough, at least two of the book's characters made sufficient impression on James that he brought them back in other books: the French-Italian-Yankee sculptor, Gloriani, who appears later in The American, and Christina Light, the American who becomes the subject of Princess Casamassima, one of James's later (and much longer) novels. (Introduction by Nicholas Clifford)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

13h 21m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

32:22


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

30:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

33:15


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

34:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

35:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

35:16


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

36:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

27:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

35:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

32:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

31:17


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

28:12


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

32:39


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

21:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

46:50


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

24:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

25:01


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

27:31


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

29:19


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

29:37


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

37:50


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

35:14


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

25:13


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

27:40


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

47:26