Washington Square

Paperback | December 11, 2010

byHenry JamesEditorAdrian Poole

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'She will do as I have bidden her.'Catherine Sloper is heiress to a fortune and the social eminence associated with Washington Square. She attracts the attention of a good-looking but penniless young man, Morris Townsend. His suit is encouraged by Catherine's romantically-minded aunt, Mrs Penniman, but her father, a cleverphysician, 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. First published in 1880 but set some forty yearsearlier in a pre-Civil War New York, the novel reflects ironically on the restricted world in which its heroine is marooned, seating herself at its close 'for life, as it were'.In his introduction Adrian Poole reflects on the book's gestation and influences, the significance of place, and the insight with which the four prinicipal players are drawn. The edition includes an account of the real-life tale that sparked James's imaginative genius.

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'She will do as I have bidden her.'Catherine Sloper is heiress to a fortune and the social eminence associated with Washington Square. She attracts the attention of a good-looking but penniless young man, Morris Townsend. His suit is encouraged by Catherine's romantically-minded aunt, Mrs Penniman, but her father, a cleverphysician, ...

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 to English Novelists (forthcoming, 2010).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:December 11, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199559198

ISBN - 13:9780199559190

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