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Henry James

Henry James in Rye

Henry James
Lamb House
West Street
East Sussex
TN31 7ES
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Henry James (1843-1916) was an American novelist, short story writer, and critic who spent much of his later life living and working in England. In the early 1890s, James moved to the historic town of Rye in East Sussex, where he lived for several years in a large house called Lamb House.

While living in Rye, James continued to produce some of his most important works of fiction, including “The Turn of the Screw” and “The Ambassadors.” He also became a prominent figure in the local literary community and hosted many social gatherings at Lamb House, which was known as a hub for writers, artists, and intellectuals.

James was known for his love of the English countryside, and he often wrote about the landscapes and people he encountered during his time in Rye. He was particularly interested in the social and cultural differences between England and America, and many of his novels explore themes of transatlantic identity and cultural exchange.

Today, Lamb House is owned and operated by the National Trust, and visitors can tour the house and gardens to learn more about James’s life and work. The town of Rye often celebrates its connection to James during literary events and festivals throughout the year.

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