Henry James was an American-British author writing in the Victorian era. Famous for his suspense and quasi-horror novels, James is regarded as a transitional figure between realism and modernism.
His novella The Turn of the Screw has been heavily analysed and adapted into different media. A number of his novels deal with social and marital interactions between emigrated Americans, English people, and continental Europeans.
Many of James’ works were very experimental, describing internal states and working with complicated style forms. Ambiguity and contradictory motives are often part of his complex characterizations. He is considered a master of the ghost story.
Born in the United States, James spent most of his time in continental Eurpoe before settling in England. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature three times.