Henry Jame Novels, 1881-1886 Washington Square / The Portrait of a Lady / The Bostonians

ISBN-10: 0940450305
ISBN-13: 9780940450301
Edition: 1985
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Description: Written in London and Italy between 1879 and 1885, these novels portray American women confronting crises of independence and possession. Studies in the exercise of power that marks relations between sexes, classes, and cultures, they show James's  More...

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List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 1985
Publisher: Library of America, The
Publication date: 12/1/1985
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1262
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Written in London and Italy between 1879 and 1885, these novels portray American women confronting crises of independence and possession. Studies in the exercise of power that marks relations between sexes, classes, and cultures, they show James's special solicitude for the young heroines who occupy the center of his fictional world. Washington Square (1880) examines the life of Catherine Sloper, a plain, sweet young woman who lives imprisoned by the selfishness of those close to her: her lover, who cares only for her fortune; her aunt, who meddles for the sake of romantic intrigue; and her protective father, who repays her adoration with irony and wit. Set in the New York of the 1840s, Washington Square evokes the still-intimate city of James's childhood while presenting a frightening moral lesson in the human consequences of manipulation and indifference.

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