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Washington Square by Henry James (Paperback, 2003)

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Washington Square by Henry James

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 her desire to win her father's love and approval and her passion for the first man who has ever declared his love for her, Catherine faces an agonising dilemma, and becomes all too aware of the restrictions that others seek to place on her freedom.

James's masterly novel deftly interweaves the public and private faces of nineteenth-century New York society; it is also a deeply moving study of innocence destroyed.

About the Author

Born in New York in 1843 of Irish and Scottish ancestry and educated in New York, London and Paris, Henry James is best known for his cosmopolitan and often haunting portraits of European and American life. He was also a prolific writer of literary criticism and shorter fiction. James settled in England in 1876, where he spent most of the rest of his life and completed his best-known work. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature three times but never won it. He died in 1916 and, despite becoming a British subject shortly before his death, his ashes were buried in Massachusetts.


 Paperback | 240 pages

 130 x 198 x 14mm | 184g


 Penguin Books Ltd

 London, United Kingdom






Condition: Good

A vintage book that has been read but is in good condition. Some obvious damage to the cover including scuff marks along the edges, and a large crease on the front cover, but no holes or tears. All pages are undamaged with very minimal creasing (the first 4 pages in the book have very minor creasing to them, but no other creasing anywhere else in the book) but no tearing. No pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages.