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Title:Washington Square
Format Type:Ebook
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Publisher:Signet Classics
ISBN:0451528719
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Number of Pages:240
Category:Classics, Fiction, Literature, Th century, American

Washington Square by Henry James, Michael Cunningham

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Washington Square The plot of i Washington Square i has the simplicity of old fashioned melodrama a plain looking good hearted young woman the only child of a rich widower is pursued by a charming but unscrupulous man who seeks the wealth she will presumably inherit On this premise Henry James constructed one of his most memorable novels a story in which love is answered with betrayal and loyalty leads inexorably to despair p from the Introduction by Peter Conn p p In i Washington Square i Henry James reminisces about the New York he had known thirty years before as he tells the story of Catherine Sloper and her fortune seeking suitor Morris Townsend This perceptively drawn human drama is James most accessible work and an enduring literary triumph p p Washington Square Press Enriched Classics present the great works of world literature enhanced for the contemporary reader This edition of i Washington Square i has been prepared by Peter Conn Andrea Mitchell Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania It includes his introduction notes selection of critical excerpts and suggestions for further reading as well as a unique visual essay of period illustrations and photographs p

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The plot of i Washington Square i has the simplicity of old fashioned melodrama a plain looking good hearted young woman the only child of a rich widower is pursued by a charming but unscrupulous man who seeks the wealth she will presumably inherit On this premise Henry James constructed one of his most memorable novels a story in which love is answered with betrayal and loyalty leads inexorably to despair p from the Introduction by Peter Conn p p In i Washington Square i Henry James reminisces about the New York he had known thirty years before as he tells the story of Catherine Sloper and her fortune seeking suitor Morris Townsend This perceptively drawn human drama is James most accessible work and an enduring literary triumph p p Washington Square Press Enriched Classics present the great works of world literature enhanced for the contemporary reader This edition of i Washington Square i has been prepared by Peter Conn Andrea Mitchell Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania It includes his introduction notes selection of critical excerpts and suggestions for further reading as well as a unique visual essay of period illustrations and photographs p, In Henry James s Daisy Miller a young American woman ventures into sophisticated European society where her naivete provokes scandal and tragedy Graham Greene called Washington Square the only novel in which a man has successfully invaded the feminine field and produced work comparable to Jane Austen s Each work weaves an intricate tale of marriage money and manners, Traveling in Europe with her family Daisy Miller an exquisitely beautiful young American woman presents her fellow countryman Winterbourne with a dilemma he cannot resolve Is she deliberately flouting social conventions in the way she talks and acts or is she simply ignorant of them When she strikes up an intimate friendship with an urbane young Italian her flat refusal to observe the codes of respectable behavior leaves her perilously exposed In Daisy Miller James created his first great portrait of an enigmatic and independent American woman a figure who would come to dominate his later masterpieces, A thing to marvel at a thing to be grateful for A rich American art collector and his daughter Maggie buy in for themselves and to their greater glory a beautiful young wife and noble husband They do not know that Charlotte and Prince Amerigo were formerly lovers nor that on the eve of the Prince s marriage they had discovered in a Bloomsbury antique shop a golden bowl with a secret flaw The superstitious Amerigo fearing for his gilded future refuses to accept it as a wedding gift from Charlotte Don t you think too much of cracks she is later to say to him aren t you too afraid of them I risk the cracks When the golden bowl is broken Maggie must leave the security of her childhood and try to reassemble the pieces of her shattered happiness br br In this the last of his three great poetic masterpieces James combined with a dazzling virtuosity elements of social comedy of mystery terror and myth The Golden Bowl is the most controversial ambiguous and sophisticated of James s novels br br The text of this World s Classics paperback is that of the first English edition James s Preface is included and a new introduction notes and selected variant readings