In 1914, Henry James began work on a major novel about the immense new fortunes of the Gilded Age. Set among the great houses and sweeping sea views of Newport, Rhode Island, with the backroom deals and enduring animosities of New York s financial world lurking in the background, The Ivory Tower explores the predicaments of Rosanna Gaw and Graham Fielder, heirs to two rival tycoons. The good intentions of these fine young people make them the perfect instruments for their benefactors to pursue their own ambitions- even from beyond the grave. When James died in 1916, he had completed the first three books of The Ivory Tower.
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