Honour the life of Henry James by writing a story

On this day in 1916 Henry James died. Literary Heist challenges you to write a short story for submission to honour the life of Henry James.


  • “A Tragedy of Error” (1864), short story
  • “The Story of a Year” (1865), short story
  • A Passionate Pilgrim (1871), novella
  • Madame de Mauves (1874), novella
  • Daisy Miller (1878), novella
  • The Aspern Papers (1888), novella
  • The Lesson of the Master (1888), novella
  • The Pupil (1891), short story
  • “The Figure in the Carpet” (1896), short story
  • The Beast in the Jungle (1903), novella


  • Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
  • Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.
  • Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.
  • It’s time to start living the life you’ve imagined.
  • Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
  • It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.
  • Live all you can; it’s a mistake not to. It doesn’t so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven’t had that what have you had?
  • Deep experience is never peaceful.
  • Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
  • We work in the dark — we do what we can — we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.

Find out more about the life of Henry James.

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