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The Death of the Lion

Henry James

Book Overview: 

This short novel is a black comedy about fame, manipulation, pretension, and surviving it all. The narrator, a reprehensible and seedy journalist, sets out to interview a minor author, and in his own quest for glory, turns the author into the celebrity of the day. The sudden and untimely death of the author, with his latest work unfinished, presents a troubling dilemma for the narrator, which he resolves with no more conscience than he had when he began his quest.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Thank God, too, you’re not, as you were telling me yesterday, ‘successful.’  If you weren’t a failure what would be the use of trying?  That’s my one reserve on the subject of your recovery—that it makes you ‘score,’ as the newspapers say.  It looks well in the newspapers, and almost anything that does that’s horrible.  ‘We are happy to announce that Mr. Paraday, the celebrated author, is again in the enjoyment of excellent health.’  Somehow I shouldn’t like to see it.”

“You won’t see it; I’m not in the least celebrated—my obscurity protects me.  But couldn’t you bear even to see I was dying or dead?” my host enquired.

“Dead—passe encore; there’s nothing so safe.  One never knows what a living artist may do—one has mourned so many.  However, one must make the worst of it.  You must be as dead. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Publicado en 1894, “La muerte del león” es una novela corta o cuento largo que revela la visión sobre la situación social de los escritores y la literatura en la época - finales del XIX - de Henry James, reconocido merecidamente como autor de obras capitales en la literatura de habla inglesa, un aut

Did not enjoy this one oml. Struggling to read it for my class tomorrow, along with 'The Private Life' (which was better due to the supernatural element). Henry James' prose is so rambling and boring and I just want to yell, "Get to the damn point!"

(i had to read this for class - i know that a good half of everything I'm reading this month is for class, but bear with me, I'm rushing through unfinished readings before my exams) to be honest i spent half of the novella not knowing what was going on, and the other half waiting for it to end. Henr

Esta edición contiene dos obras, La muerte del León y Lo Auténtico.
La muerte del León: Neil Paraday es uno de los escritores más prodigiosos de Inglaterra. Su fama ha llegado tarde pero el periodista lo protege de aquel mundo de celebridad que tanto le atrae y una salud deteriorada. Su último libro

mi primer lectura de Henry James. Texto corto escrito en 1888, describe los últimos dias del escritor Neil Paraday, relatando los sucesos y personas alrededor del famoso escritor; el cual muere sin saber que algunos de esos "fans" le han extraviado su última obra. Y el narrador queda con la eterna d