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Henry James was born at two Washington Place in New York City on April 151843 He was the second son to Henry James Sr an independently wealthy intellectual and Mary Robertson James From 1843 to 1845 James took his first trip to Europe He lived in New York City with his family at 58 West 14th Street James was educated privately by governess and tutors in New York and Albany In 1855 he traveled to Europe with his family and attended schools in Switzerland and France In 1860 with the outbreak of the Civil War The James family moved back to the United States and settled in Newport James was unable to enlist in the Union army with his two younger brothers due to a back injury he received when putting out a fire In 1863 James and his older brother William attended Harvard James did not complete his studies to pursue his writing career William graduated from Harvard and became one of the most prominent American philosophers and psychologists of his time James began his professional writing career with book reviews for the North American Review His first short story The Story of the Year appeared in Atlantic Monthly in 1865 In 1866 the James family moved to Cambridge Massachusetts James had his first novel Watch and Ward serialized in Atlantic Monthly in 1871 In 1877 James wrote The American while visiting Paris and Rome In 1878 The Watch and Ward appeared in book form and James wrote French Poets and Novelists criticism and The Europeans novel While visiting Paris and Italy in 1879 he wrote Daisy Miller novella An International Episode the critical biography Hawthorne and The Madonna of the Future and Other Tales The following year he wrote the novel Confidence while traveling in Italy In 1881 James wrote the novels Washington Square and The Portrait of a Lady He traveled back to the United States due to his mothers weakening
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