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The plot of Washington Square has the simplicity of old fashioned melodrama a plain looking good hearted young woman the only child of a rich widower is pursued by a charming but unscrupulous man who seeks the wealth she will presumably inherit On this premise Henry James constructed one of his most memorable novels a story in which love is answered with betrayal and loyalty leads inexorably to despair from the Introduction by Peter Conn In Washington Square 1880 Henry James reminisces about the New York he had known thirty years before as he tells the story of Catherine Sloper and her fortune seeking suitor Morris Townsend This perceptively drawn human drama is James' most accessible work and an enduring literary triumph Washington Square Press' Enriched Classics present the great works of world literature enhanced for the contemporary reader This edition of Washington Square has been prepared by Peter Conn Andrea Mitchell Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania It includes his introduction notes selection of critical excerpts and suggestions for further reading as well as a unique visual essay of period illustrations and photographs


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    “If you are going to be pushed you had better jump” Almost everyone in this book is awful but I think I liked it?I read Henry James once years ago and I picked The Turn of the Screw which turned out to be a bad decision It put me off for a long time I also hear that James gets a little experimental in his later works delving into that stream of consciousness style that has never really floated my boat which might explain why I heard a lot of complaints about him from English students at university Washington Square however is of a straight up drama that sees familial duty clashing with a potential romance It's like Austen but infinitely depressing Maybe like Edith Wharton Here James' heroine is the well meaning plain and rich Catherine Sloper She falls deeply in love with a charismatic and broke young man called Morris Townsend whom her father is convinced wants Catherine for her inheritance He refuses to give his blessing to their engagement so Catherine must decide whether to remain loyal to her father or follow her heartThis is considered a classic but don't believe for a second it's not a total soap opera Between Dr Sloper going to interrogate Morris's sister and Catherine's Aunt Lavinia setting up secret meetings to advise Morris how to manipulate the doctor Catherine is just pulled from one drama to the next The doctor's self righteousness his coldness and his inability to respect his daughter's feelings make him an infuriating character And Aunt Lavinia seriously needs to mind her own businessIt's a short read but all the characters are very well drawn and nuanced Even if they are insufferable I enjoyed how James explored all their personal motivations but left a lot open to interpretation I am still not sure what message if any he wished to impart with the novel's conclusion but I do think I am ready to take on The Portrait of a Lady nowBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube