"Washington Square is perhaps the only novel in which a man has successfully invaded the feminine field and produced work comparable to Jane Austen's," said Graham Greene.
Inspired by a story Henry James heard at a dinner party, Washington Square tells how the rakish but idle Morris Townsend tries to win the heart of heiress Catherine Sloper against the objections of her father. Precise and understated, the book endures as a matchless social study of New York in the mid-nineteenth century.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LisaMaria_C - LibraryThing
I loved this film, based on the novel of the same name by Henry James. A classic film titled The Heiress starring Olivia de Haviland was based on the same material, and the highest compliment I can ... Read full review
Washington SquareUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Like Chopin's work above, this also features period photos and a plastic jacket. The classics have become hot film properties, and the forthcoming feature film version of this book should bring readers into the library looking for the original. Read full review