This book examines the 'missing link' in the history of Henry James's literary engagement with France, between Balzac and later French writers. It shows that the French Second Empire literary influence predates the influence of English or even American literature upon James.
1. Introduction 2. Edmond About 3. Victor Cherbuliez 4. Octave Feuillet 5. Alexandre Dumas fils 6. Paul Bourget Heir to the Second Empire 7. The Second Empire Revisited