The Princess Casamassima

Paperback | June 2, 1987

byHenry JamesIntroduction byDerek BrewerNotes byPatricia Crick

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Henry James conceived the character of Hyacinth Robinson—his 'little presumptuous adventurer with his combination of intrinsic fineness and fortuitous adversity'—while walking the streets of London. Brought up in poverty, Hyacinth has nevertheless developed aesthetic tastes that heighten his awareness of the sordid misery around him. He is drawn into the secret world of revolutionary politics and, in a moment of fervour, makes a vow that he will assassinate a major political figure. Soon after this he meets the beautiful Princess Casamassima. Captivated by her world of wealth and nobility, art and beauty, Hyacinth loses faith in radicalism, 'the beastly cause'. But tormented by his belief in honour, he must face an agonizing, and ultimately tragic, dilemma. The Princess Casamassima is one of James's most personal novels and yet one of the most socially engaged.

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One of the cornerstones of the American literary canon, Henry James captured the subtle wiles of the human heart with great acuity. The characters in his novels are richly drawn and so true to life that James is often considered one of the greatest English-language writers of the 19th century. Of his novels, The Princess Casamassima wa...

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Henry James conceived the character of Hyacinth Robinson—his 'little presumptuous adventurer with his combination of intrinsic fineness and fortuitous adversity'—while walking the streets of London. Brought up in poverty, Hyacinth has nevertheless developed aesthetic tastes that heighten his awareness of the sordid misery around him. H...

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Brought up in poverty, Hyacinth has nevertheless developed aesthetic tastes that heighten his awareness of the sordid misery around him. He is drawn into the secret world of revolutionary politics and, in a moment of fervour, makes a vow that he will assassinate a major political figure. Soon after this he meets the beautiful Princess ...

Henry James (1843-1916) was born in New York and settled in Europe in 1875. He was a regular contributor of reviews, critical essays, and short stories to American periodicals. He is best known for his many novels of American and European character.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 1.3 inPublished:June 2, 1987Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:014043254x

ISBN - 13:9780140432541

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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One of the cornerstones of the American literary canon, Henry James captured the subtle wiles of the human heart with great acuity. The characters in his novels are richly drawn and so true to life that James is often considered one of the greatest English-language writers of the 19th century. Of his novels, The Princess Casamassima was among the author's own favourites, and is now available in attractive edition from Penguin Classics.