This work is Henry James’s last novel and is a symbolically complex story of two flawed marriages. The gilded crystal bowl with its largely concealed flaw is the symbolic vehicle used to reveal past misdemeanours and make the characters face the flaws in their lives.
With an Introduction and Notes by Nicola Bradbury, University of Reading. Henry James’s last completed novel, The Golden Bowl, is the story of two flawed marriages. The lives and relationships of Maggie Verver and her widowed American millionaire father, Adam, are changed and challenged by the beautiful and charming Charlotte Stant, who is the former lover of Maggie’s husband, the impoverished Italian, Prince Amerigo. The narrative is underpinned by complex symbolism. The gilded crystal bowl with its almost invisible flaw is the vehicle which James uses to reveal past misdemeanours and make his characters face their own defects in this classic tale of redemption.