"Throughout his writing life Henry James was drawn to the short story form for the freedom it offered him. From brief tales to longer stories - the 'blessed nouvelle' - he made the genre his own." The nineteen stories in this new selection span James's career, ranging from more familiar pieces, such as 'Daisy Miller', the work that first brought him fame, to those less well-known, all exploring his concerns with the old world and the new, money, fame and art. In 'The Real Thing', a refined but impoverished husband and wife pose as an artist's models; in 'The Birthplace', a Stratford tour guide embellishes the Shakespeare legend; and in the late masterpiece 'The Jolly Corner', an elderly American returns from Europe to New York and encounters a strange apparition. Perhaps 'In the Cage' represents James at his finest, exploring class and communication, poverty and imagination. Haunting, witty and beautifully drawn, James's tales are as rich and resonant as his novels.