The Ambassadors Author:Henry James From back of book: Henry James considered this book to be his "most personal" work of art. The ambassadors of the title are the emissaries sent by Mrs. Newsome, a wealthy New England widow, to restore to the home town and the family business her son Chad who has lingered too long in Paris, reputedly detained by a sordid liaison. Lambert Streth... more »er, the first of the envoys and the novel's strait-laced hero, embarks on the mission only to find himself caught up in a romantic intrigue, the outcome of which will rapidly change the direction and purpose of his life. Since its publication in 1903, "The Ambassadors" has come to be regarded as a masterpiece of American fiction because of its remarkable technical structure, its profound moral significance, and its perceptive contrast of New World conscience and Old World culture. This Signet Classic edition of "The Ambassadors" reproduces the 1903 Methuen text, which is the only one Henry James ever saw through the press.