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Title The Figure in the Carpet and Other Stories
Author Henry James
Publisher Penguin UK
Release 2007-12-06
Category Fiction
Total Pages 464
ISBN 014192196X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The stories in this collection were written mostly between 1888 and 1897, a time when Henry James’s writing was concerned with the art of fiction and the position of the artist in society. The motif and title story, ‘The Figure in the Carpet’, is an inspired joke, a masterpiece of double-entendre that demands the reader’s undivided love and attention and continues to baffle its critics. Also included are ‘The Author of Beltraffio’, an absorbing story of family infighting, authorship and tragedy, and ‘The Private Life’, a spirited tale that considers the contrast between the artist alone and at work. While many of these stories appear to be elaborate Jamesian games, all employ irony and humour to allegorize artistic creation.

The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James

Title The Figure in the Carpet
Author Henry James
Publisher BoD – Books on Demand
Release 2018-05-23
Category Fiction
Total Pages 48
ISBN 3732693120
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Reproduction of the original: The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James

Detective Fiction and Literature by Martin Priestman

Title Detective Fiction and Literature
Author Martin Priestman
Publisher
Release 1990
Category Crime in literature
Total Pages 217
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Finding the Figure in the Carpet by Lee McKay Johnson

Title Finding the Figure in the Carpet
Author Lee McKay Johnson
Publisher iUniverse
Release 2006-12-05
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 618
ISBN 0595862055
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In his 1896 short story, The Figure in the Carpet, James sets forth a riddle for his critical readers as he approaches the major phase in his career. He imagines a fictional novelist, Hugh Vereker, who tantalizes his critics with the idea of a single thread, a design woven throughout all of his major works, hidden in plain sight. The design, Vereker says, is as obvious as a foot stuck in a shoe but the distinguished novelist is convinced no one will ever see it. One critic, Corvick, however, during a trip to India, has an astonishing flash of revelation: he sees the figure and the discovery is immense. When Corvick returns and shares his epiphany with Vereker, the novelist assures him that his discovery is precisely accurate; there is not a single, wrong note. But Corvick dies in a road accident before he can write his definitive book on Verekers secret design. My study will show the reader that there is a distinct figure in the carpet in the works of Henry James himself. But James only uses the figure in a select group of his major novels and tales, all six of which we will examine here. These major works are all experimental and radical and show James allowing himself the artistic freedom to follow his own arcane and personal path. The pattern is fully manifested in The Turn of the Screw in 1897 and remains the consistent thread all the way through the Masters final completed novel, The Golden Bowl, in 1904. I began writing about the relation of writing to painting and how James translates structural aspects of the silent art of painting into prose. James borrows both silence and simultaneity from the painter, his brother of the brush, and experiments with their narrative equivalents. I saw with increasing clarity that James admiration of the powers of painting led him into depicting nonverbal aspects of consciousness in language. Finally I saw the whole system lock into place; everything fit. The figure in the carpet was revealed as visible silence. With only a minute adjustment of focus I suddenly saw that James narrative pictorial structure that I had been tracing all these years constitutes the figure in the carpet itself. The pictorial pattern literally governs every line, and chooses every word.. James brings the reader into the full consciousness of his character by taking us into the silent radiation of the visible. As readers we experience the silence before language, the silence between words, and the silence after language. In this book I will show my reader how the figure in the carpet operates as the controlling design in every square inch of text in each of James most famous novels and tales.

The Figure in the Carpet by Henry Henry James

Title The Figure in the Carpet
Author Henry Henry James
Publisher Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release 2015-07-19
Category
Total Pages 26
ISBN 9781515153344
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The narrator, a writer for a literary newspaper, prides himself on his astute review of Hugh Vereker's latest novel. Vereker inadvertently dismisses his efforts, and then to repair his incivility, confides in the narrator that all critics have "missed my little point," "the particular thing I've written my books most for," "the thing for the critic to find," "my secret," "like a complex figure in a Persian carpet." The narrator racks his brains and, in desperation, tells his friend Corvick of the puzzle. Corvick and his novelist fiancée, Gwendolen, pursue "the trick" without success until Corvick, traveling alone in India, wires Gwendolen and the narrator "Eureka! Immense." He refuses, however, to divulge the secret to Gwendolen until after they are married, and then dies in an accident. Since Gwendolen refuses to share her knowledge, the narrator speculates, "the figure in the carpet [was] traceable or describable only for husbands and wives-for lovers supremely united." She remarries, and after her death, the narrator approaches her new husband to discover the secret. But the widowed husband is surprised and humiliated by the news of his late wife's great "secret," and he and the narrator conclude by sharing the same curiosity.

Title The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James A Classic Illustrated Edition
Author Henry James
Publisher
Release 2021-07-27
Category
Total Pages 58
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"The Figure in the Carpet" is a story published in 1896 in London, by American writer Henry James. The story is usually referred to as a novella and is told in the first person. The narrator, whose name is never revealed, meets his favorite author and becomes obsessed with discovering the secret meaning or intention within all the author's works. Heretofore, "The Figure in the Carpet" has evaded definitive interpretation. In his book Henry James (1913), Ford Madox Ford wrote that after the nouvelle was published, James' contemporaries had set themselves on a quest to locate the Figure as an identifiable physical entity. In the preface to his Choice of Kipling's Verse (1941), T.S. Eliot wrote, "Nowadays, we all look for the Figure in the Carpet." Absent a definitive interpretation, it opened new possibilities for the study of ambiguity in literature.

The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James

Title The Figure in the Carpet
Author Henry James
Publisher
Release 2021-01-25
Category
Total Pages 42
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"The narrator, whose name is never revealed, meets his favorite author and becomes entrenched in the mystery that is the figure in the carpet."--Wikipedia

The Figure in the Carpet by Henry Henry James

Title The Figure in the Carpet
Author Henry Henry James
Publisher
Release 2017-04-23
Category
Total Pages 95
ISBN 9781521127865
Language English, Spanish, and French
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How is this book unique? Font adjustments & biography included Unabridged (100% Original content) Illustrated About The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James "The Figure in the Carpet" is a story published in 1896 in London, by American writer Henry James. The story is usually referred to as a novella and is told in the first person. The narrator, whose name is never revealed, meets his favorite author and becomes obsessed with discovering the secret meaning or intention within all the author's works. Heretofore, "The Figure in the Carpet" has evaded definitive interpretation. In his book Henry James (1913), Ford Madox Ford wrote that after the nouvelle was published, James' contemporaries had set themselves on a quest to locate the Figure as an identifiable physical entity. In the preface to his Choice of Kipling's Verse (1941), T.S. Eliot wrote, "Nowadays, we all look for the Figure in the Carpet." Absent a definitive interpretation, it opened new possibilities for the study of ambiguity in literature.

The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James

Title The Figure in the Carpet
Author Henry James
Publisher
Release 2021-04-03
Category
Total Pages 70
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

"The Figure in the Carpet" is a short story by American writer Henry James first published in 1896. It is told in the first person; the narrator, whose name is never revealed, meets his favorite author and becomes obsessed with discovering the secret meaning or intention of all the author's works.

The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James

Title The Figure in the Carpet
Author Henry James
Publisher
Release 2021-03-12
Category
Total Pages 70
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

"The Figure in the Carpet" is a short story by American writer Henry James first published in 1896. It is told in the first person; the narrator, whose name is never revealed, meets his favorite author and becomes obsessed with discovering the secret meaning or intention of all the author's works.

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