Henry James (1843-1916) was an American novelist who wrote about social issues in the late nineteenth century.
The James family began to summer in Newport, Rhode Island, in the 1850s. Henry James and his friend, Thomas Sargeant Perry, attended Berkeley Institute and were regular visitors to Redwood Library.
James and his brother, William James, were students in the painting studio of William Morris Hunt. John La Fargewas a mentor to the young James.
James studied and wrote about Newport life in the days before it became a fashionable resort.
James moved permanently to England.
James was a mentor to fellow novelist and Newporter Edith Wharton.
Looking back at how the Newport landscape had changed, James wrote in The American Scene: