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Henry James was once eager about garments and get dressed. This booklet examines, for the 1st time, the function of gown in reinforcing thematic and symbolic styles in James's fictional international. Hughes strains a improvement from the importance of costume in dialogue of 'the American lady' within the early works, via gown as a trademark of social place, to the emergence of the extra volatile and perilous elements of gown, which culminate within the unusual case of the coat of adjusting shades within the experience of the previous.

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