This story of the alliance between Italian aristocracy and American millionaires is 'a work unique among all [James's] novels: it is [his] only novel in which things come out right for his characters ...he had finally resolved the questions, curious and passionate, that had kept him a... t his desk on his inquiries into the process of living. He could now make his peace with America-and he could now collect and unify the work of a lifetime.' -Leon Edel in The Life of Henry James.Maggie Verver, a young American heiress, and her widowed father Adam, lead a life of wealth and refinement in London. They are both getting married: Maggie to Prince Amerigo, an impoverished Italian aristocrat, and Adam to the beautiful but penniless Charlotte Stant, a friend of his daughter. But both father and daughter are unaware that their new conquests share a secret - one for which all concerned must pay the price.
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