The Real Thing And Other Tales pdf
“The Real Thing” is a short story by Henry James, first syndicated by S. S. McClure in multiple American newspapers and then published in the British publication Black and White in April 1892 and the following year as the title story in the collection, The Real Thing and Other Stories published by Macmillan. This story, often read as a parable, plays with the reality-illusion dichotomy that fascinated James, especially in the later stages of his career. For the illustrator who narrates the story, the genuine article proves all too useless for his commercial purposes. The story portrays the unfortunate victims of a society in which reality and representation are closely intertwined in ways that make art a difficult project to untangle the two.
The Real Thing And Other Tales Summary
The narrator, an unnamed illustrator and aspiring painter, hires a faded genteel couple, the Monarchs, as models, after they have lost most of their money and must find some line of work. They are the “real thing” in that they perfectly represent the aristocratic type, but they prove inflexible for the painter’s work. He comes to rely much more on two lower-class subjects who are nevertheless more capable, Oronte, an Italian, and Miss Churm, a lower-class Englishwoman.
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Name Of the Novel: The Real Thing And Other Tales
Author: Henry James
Country: United States
Genre: Short story
Published in: Black and White
Publication type: Periodical
Media type: Print (Magazine)
Publication date: April 16, 1892
Book Type: pdf / ePub
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