• The Lesson of the Master

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Marie Ludington
  • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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The Lesson of the Master is a novella by Henry James about life and art, the choice that an artist must make, and the life that art makes. It’s the story of a young writer, Paul Overt, who becomes friends with Henry St. George, a famous author, at about the same time that he meets the love of his life. St. George tells Paul that he ought to dedicate himself to writing, and warns him against the distraction of a wife and family; he goes out of his way to persuade the young writer that marriage would destroy his creativity. Overwhelmed, Paul goes off on an extended holiday in order to consider the older writer’s advice. A shock awaits him when he returns …

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Not Henry James best

As a reader who has always enjoyed HenryJames books this one was a disappointment. One gets the idea he was writing about himself and why he never married. The story was very predictable despite the fact the he still maintained his usual fantastic descriptions of people and his ability to sketch their personalities with surprising accuracy.
The story was worth reading, however, because he was a genius at keeping you glued to the words.