Owen Wingrave is a novella by Henry James, first published in The Graphic in 1892.
A young man of good family with a long distinguished military tradition indicates that he will not follow his ancestors' path into the army. Dire results ensue.
Owen Wingrave is often included among Henry James’s ghost stories, even though it reveals more of history, atmosphere and psychology in the Wingrave family.
Benjamin Britten in 1970 wrote an opera based on this story.
Henry James, OM (Order of Merit) (1843–1916) was an American-born writer, regarded as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism.
He is best known for a number of novels showing Americans encountering Europe and Europeans. His method of writing from a character's point of view allowed him to explore issues related to consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting. His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and unreliable narrators brought a new depth to narrative fiction.
Henry James was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911, 1912, and 1916.