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What does the forum think of him? I have read several short stories, including Daisy Miller and Turn of the Screw. I was not very keen on either. He is often well represented in greatest books of al time lists. A Portrait of a Lady is supposed to be good.

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I have read most of his work,and I find him one of those writers I place in the 'Yes, but?' category. I enjoyed the stories as I read them, and they had zero impact on me as regards thinking 'that was a great one'. Just one of many writers I have read,and can barely remember much about!

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I have read Wings of the DoveTurn of the Screw and Portrait of a Lady and to be completely honest, I don't understand all the fuss. The concepts and story progression are good in all three books, but the writing is somewhat scattered and difficult to follow, at least for me. His female heroines are often tinged with a hint of arrogance and I find them difficult to resonate with. 

I am, however, attempting a second read of Portrait of a Lady as it has been almost 10 years since I last read it.

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