Collaboration is a short story by Henry James, first published in 1893.
The story takes place in Paris sometime after the Franco-Prussian War (1870--Germany won--the French Second Republic collapsed--France embittered).
A French poet and a German composer come to admire one another's work and decide to collaborate on an opera. There are costs to pay.
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.