The American is a novel by Henry James that was first published in 1877. Explore a plot summary, important quotes, and an in-depth analysis of Christopher Newman.


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See a complete list of the characters in The American and in-depth analyses of Christopher Newman, Valentin de Bellegarde, and Noémie Nioche.

Literary Devices

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