Henry James (1843-1916) was an American writer who moved to England at the age thirty. These circumstances had a major effect on his literary works, and the central theme of his works was the straightforwardness and sincerity of the people of the New World who face the decadence and craftiness of the Old World. During his leterary career James Henry wrote 20 novels, 112 stories and 12 plays. ‘The American’ is a novel by Henry James that was initially published in 1877. The novel represents a combination of social comedy and melodrama and it goes round Christopher Newman, an American businessman who goes in his first tour of Europe.