This is a very short, lighthearted work by Henry James. If you have ever wanted to read Henry James, this is a good place to start. This little gem is a fiction written by using a letter device, it uses a series of humorous letters, written by several people who live in a Paris boarding house. The funniest and most interesting ones are “written” by a young lady named Miranda Hope, who is abroad alone and writing letters home to her mother in Maine. She describes the British and the French in interesting ways, and talks of her frustrations learning the French language. She often mentions the name of a certain man back in Maine, making sure her mother knows she wants nothing to do with him.
It is amazing how Henry James can get into the mind of a young lady. I hope some of you will get a chance to enjoy this- it doesn’t take much time, and will provide you with some chuckles, and an appreciation for the lost art of letter writing.
I was able to download this story for free from Feedbooks.com onto my Kindle. It is available for download to your computer at Project Gutenberg. I don’t think Amazon has it, although there are tons of books about the letters of Henry James on Amazon that interested me. Powell’s Books has A Bundle of Letters in book form, however.