Washington Square

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Oxford University Press, Nov 11, 2010 - Fiction - 183 pages
One of the most instantly appealing of James's early masterpieces, Washington Square is a tale of a trapped daughter and domineering father, a quiet tragedy of money and love and innocence betrayed. Catherine Sloper, heiress to a fortune, attracts the attention of a good-looking but penniless young man, Morris Townsend, but her father is convinced that his motives are merely mercenary. He will not consent to the marriage, regardless of the cost to his daughter. Out of this classic confrontation Henry James fashioned one of his most deftly searching shorter fictions, a tale of great depth of meaning and understanding. First published in 1880 but set some forty years earlier in a pre-Civil War New York, the novel reflects ironically on the restricted world in which its heroine is marooned. In his excellent introduction Adrian Poole reflects on the book's gestation and influences, the significance of place, and the insight with which the four principal players are drawn. The book also includes an up-to-date bibliography, illuminating notes, and a discussion of stage and film adaptations of the story.

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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

Contents

Extract from Jamess Journal
172
Stage and Film Versions
174
Explanatory Notes
177
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About the author (2010)

Adrian Poole has edited three James editions for OWC. He has written extensively on James and his books include the VSI on Tragedy. He is one of the general editors of the Complete Fiction of Henry James to be published by CUP in 30 volumes. He is the editor of the Cambridge Companion toEnglish Novelists (forthcoming, 2010).

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