What Maisie Knew

Paperback | September 14, 2008

byHenry JamesEditorAdrian Poole

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What Maisie Knew (1897) represents one of James's finest reflections on the rites of passage from wonder to knowledge, and the question of their finality. The child of violently divorced parents, Maisie Farange opens her eyes on a distinctly modern world. Mothers and fathers keep changingtheir partners and names, while she herself becomes the pretext for all sorts of adult sexual intrigue. In this classic tale of the death of childhood, there is a savage comedy that owes much to Dickens. But for his portrayal of the child's capacity for intelligent `wonder', James summons all the subtlety he devotes elsewhere to his most celebrated adult protagonists. Neglected and exploited byeveryone around her, Maisie inspires James to dwell with extraordinary acuteness on the things that may pass between adult and child. In addition to a new introduction, this edition of the novel offers particularly detailed notes, bibliography, and a list of variant readings.

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What Maisie Knew (1897) represents one of James's finest reflections on the rites of passage from wonder to knowledge, and the question of their finality. The child of violently divorced parents, Maisie Farange opens her eyes on a distinctly modern world. Mothers and fathers keep changingtheir partners and names, while she herself be...

Adrian Poole is Reader in English and Comparative Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Book of Classical Verse in Translation, and he is the editor of The Aspern Papers and Other Stories in World's Classics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.59 inPublished:September 14, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019953859X

ISBN - 13:9780199538591

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroductionNote on the TextFurther ReadingA Chronology of Henry JamesExplanatory NotesVariant Readings