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Henry James used to be serious about garments and get dressed. This booklet examines, for the 1st time, the position of gown in reinforcing thematic and symbolic styles in James's fictional global. Hughes lines a improvement from the importance of costume in dialogue of 'the American lady' within the early works, via costume as a trademark of social place, to the emergence of the extra risky and perilous features of costume, which culminate within the unusual case of the coat of adjusting colors within the experience of the prior.

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