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Title:The Wings of the Dove
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Publisher:The Modern Library/Random House, Inc.
ISBN:0812967194
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Number of Pages:741
Category:Classics, Fiction, Literature

The Wings of the Dove by Henry James, Amy Bloom, Pierre A. Walker

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Wings of the Dove Selected by the Modern Library as one of the best novels of all time b .

Set amid the splendor of London drawing rooms and gilded Venetian palazzos b The Wings of the Dove b is the story of Milly Theale a na ve doomed American heiress and a pair of lovers Kate Croy and Merton Densher who conspire to obtain her fortune In this witty tragedy of treachery self deception and betrayal Henry James weaves together three ill fated and wholly human destinies unexpectedly linked by desire greed and salvation As Amy Bloom writes in her Introduction b The Wings of the Dove b is a novel of intimacy James gives us passion he gives us love in its terrible and enchanting forms

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