Henry James was born in New York and was friends with the likes of Edith Wharton and Henry David Thoreau, both of whom I have read. His books at the top of my list are A Portrait of a Lady and The Turn of the Screw. Those are two of his most famous.
James Joyce, on the other hand, was born in Ireland. It seems to be a rite of passage to make your way through Ulysses, which is currently on my bookshelf. I have heard it can be dry and tedious, but all must read it. I have heard good things about his short story collection, The Dubliners. And of course, everyone knows his classic Finnegan's Wake.
Some how, some way, I will get around to reading some of these classics. And then perhaps I will feel more fulfilled.