Henry James lived from 1843 to 1916, a time of social and political revolution in Europe and industrial revolution in America. The American-born James, who traveled extensively, finally settling in England, was able to witness the changes in both places firsthand. His many novels and stories explore the great "continental divide" between his native land and his adopted home.
Learn more about the personal and professional life of this prolific and well-traveled man in the context of world events in A Henry James Timeline.
Interactive Flash version of A Henry James Timeline [390K]
Flash 4 plugin required. You can download the free
Flash plugin from Macromedia's Web site.
Text version of A Henry James Timeline
If you prefer, you can read a cameo biography of Henry James before exploring the Timeline. Genius in the Family, an additional feature of this Web site, offers bios of all members of the James family.
How to use the Timeline:
Click and drag the bottom right corner of the window to enlarge the timeline.
Use the Slidebar to adjust the time period displayed in the timeline.
As you scroll over points on the timeline, you can read more about significant events and, in some cases, view related images.
Or, click on a title in the listing of James's major works to see it located on the Timeline.
Timeline Images: Corbis Bettmann; Courtesy of The Raymond Mander and Joe Mitchenson Theatre Collection.
Essays + Interviews | Who's Who | A James Timeline
Teacher's Guide | Genius in the Family | Henry Wants a Hit!
The Forum | Links and Bibliography
Home | About The Series | The American Collection | The Archive
Schedule & Season | Feature Library | eNewsletter | Book Club
Learning Resources | Forum | Search | Shop | Feedback
Masterpiece is sponsored by: