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Washington Square (1880)

by Henry James

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"When timid and plain Catherine Sloper acquires a dashing and determined suitor, her father, convinced that the young man is nothing more than a fortune-hunter, decides to put a stop to their romance. Torn between a desire to win her father's approval and passion for the first man who has ever declared his love for her, Catherine faces an agonizing choice, and eventually becomes all too aware of the restrictions that others seek to place on her freedom. James's novel interweaves the public and private faces of nineteenth-century New York society, and is also a study of innocence destroyed."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)
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Very dense slow read for me. I thought the character development was genius. But the plot just didn't warrant the density. It could be summarized in 3-5 sentences. ( )
  technodiabla | Dec 19, 2019 |
a rather tedious drama of manners, centred on the marriage plot. i found the doctor insufferable, catherine tedious; but the perceptiveness and Jamesian interiorities and flights of thought are worth admiring but god, it was a struggle. ( )
  boredgames | Sep 26, 2019 |
Worth it but not my main cup of tea.
  JoshSapan | May 29, 2019 |
I liked this book, but I did not like any of the characters. It holds up well as a snapshot of another time, a different society. Prefer Jane Austim et al. ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
I love Henry James's books so much I named my cat after him and have read almost everything he ever wrote. Washington Square remains a favorite and I think this is the book I would give to anyone who believes that Henry James was nothing more than just a 'stodgy old man who went around the barn way too many times' to say what he had to say. ( )
  booksandcats4ever | Jul 30, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
James, HenryAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Arbonès, JordiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Auchincloss, LouisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Balseiro, María LuisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bonnafont, ClaudeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
du Maurier, GeorgeIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hall, DonaldAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heesen, Martha,Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
James, LloydNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ozick, CynthiaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Poole, AdrianEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smith, Lawrence BeallIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Doren, MarkIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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During a portion of the first half of the present century, and more particularly during the latter part of it, there flourished and practised in the city of New York a physician who enjoyed perhaps an exceptional share of the consideration which, in the United States, has always been bestowed upon distinguished members of the medical profession.
The years have passed very quietly.
She liked to wait, it intensified the situation.
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This is the main work for Washington Square by Henry James. It should not be combined with any adaptation, abridgement, etc.
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Conflict relationships. The heroine's naivete against the heartless ambition and hypocrisy of her suitor and the ruthlessness of her father. He is wise and knows what her suitor is after but his way of dealing with his daughter is heartless.
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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141441364, 0141194979, 0141389494

Urban Romantics

2 editions of this book were published by Urban Romantics.

Editions: 1909175838, 1909175846

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