Washington Square

Washington Square 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 w

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 anThe 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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  1. Henry James, OM, son of theologian Henry James Sr brother of the philosopher and psychologist William James and diarist Alice James, was an American born author, one of the founders and leaders of a school of realism in fiction He spent much of his life in England and became a British subject shortly before his death He is primarily known for a series of major novels in which he portrayed the encounter of America with Europe His plots centered on personal relationships, the proper exercise of power in such relationships, and other moral questions His method of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allowed him to explore the phenomena of consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting.James insisted that writers in Great Britain and America should be allowed the greatest freedom possible in presenting their view of the world, as French authors were His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and unreliable narrators in his own novels and tales brought a new depth and interest to realistic fiction, and foreshadowed the modernist work of the twentieth century An extraordinarily productive writer, in addition to his voluminous works of fiction he published articles and books of travel writing, biography, autobiography, and criticism,and wrote plays, some of which were performed during his lifetime with moderate success His theatrical work is thought to have profoundly influenced his later novels and tales.

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  1. If I close my eyes and ask myself what impression this book has left on me, the idea that comes immediately to mind is stillness The stillness radiates from the main character, Catherine Sloper I see her as a monumental figure in a hieratic pose, immobile, meek, but solid to the core Her immobility impressed me greatly, especially as this book is quite like a play There is a lot of dialogue, a small number of characters, and one principal location where most of the important scenes take place Th [...]

  2. I love this book so much I can t bear it As someone who adores just about every last word that Henry James over wrote, it has never gotten any deliciously un satisfying than this a slim, tart little novel about plain, socially unpromising Catherine Sloper, whose wealthy father refuses to allow her to marry Morris Townsend, whom he believes to be mercenary No matter how many times I read this book, the question still nags at me Does Morris have any feeling at all for Catherine, or is he really j [...]

  3. MR e Ms JAMESWashington Square non era tra le sue opere che James considerava migliori infatti la escluse tra quelle che scelse per la New York Edition che fu la sua vetta editoriale una raccolta dei suoi lavori maggiori in 24 volumi uscita in US e UK tra il 1907 e il 1909.Per Washington Square tra le opere di James che i suoi lettori, io incluso, hanno preferito, e ha ispirato pi di un adattamento, sia teatrale che cinematografico.Padre e figlia nella versione cinematografica diretta da William [...]

  4. Henry James is Gangnam styleGangnam styleCatherine Sloper is warm and humanle during the dayA classy girl who know how to enjoy the freedom of a cup of coffeeA girl whose heart gets hotter when night comesA girl with that kind of twistI m a guy called Morris TownsendA guy who is as warm as you during the dayA guy who one shots his coffee before it even cools downA guy whose heart bursts when night comesThat kind of guyBeautiful, loveableYes you, Catherine Sloper, yes you, heyBeautiful, loveableY [...]

  5. Catherine Sloper doesn t strike us as a representative heroine This novel has definitely expressive and memorable protagonists but it is Catherine who, of all residents of the house at Washington Square, draws my attention Though she is neither pretty nor smart she is gentle and kind and painfully shy Just before Washington Square I read Daisy Miller and now I simply can t help comparing the main heroines Where Daisy is coquettish and reckless Catherine remains modest and immovable Where Daisy [...]

  6. Book Review4 out of 5 stars for Washington Square, a classic novel written in 1880 by Henry James Henry James is my favorite American realistic period or classic novelist, and Washington Square is an example of why This man can take a small situation and write 300 pages all about it And this is one of his shorter books In this classic, the tale of the average woman, who is set to inherit a large sum of money, meets dashing man but of course, he s only after her money She s considered plain looki [...]

  7. James Writes Fiction as if it were a Painful Duty Oscar WildeOne of the Nicest Old Ladies I Ever Met Faulkner, describing JamesOn my journey to read most of the modern classics as well as at least one novel by each renowned author, I ve repeatedly avoided Henry James Several years back I started on one and found myself daydreaming that my late grandmother was offering a sudsy soliloquy on a couple of nice and clean romances of her time the 1930s In all events, I finally opted for Washington Squa [...]

  8. My first completed book of the year and one that has totally altered my view of Henry James and his fiction Instead of being what I had thought of as the somber master of cold 19th century fiction, he is a man with sharp and perceptive humor, a clever sense of inequalities between sexes and in society My enlightenment is partially responsible for my rating, though I also enjoyed the novel The story is really quite simplewealthy father knows what is best for future heiress daughter Rogue suitor c [...]

  9. STICKY SQUARESince I plan to be walking around Washington Square in a few months, I picked up this book for a reread I can t even remember exactly when I first tackled it, but I am delighted with my revisit the book and the square And rereads are lately becoming highly enjoyable ventures.My enjoyment with Washington Square may lead to a rerun and a completion task of the major novels by Henry James I am already familiar with a few but I have read them at different times in my life and in no part [...]

  10. James presents the story of a wealthy doctor s wholly unremarkable daughter, and her whirlwind courtship with an untrustworthy gold digger While reading this book is certainly not the worst thing that will ever happen to you, the whole experience is a bit like having tea with your Aunt Gertrude expect a staid, rather dull affair where everyone minds his or her manners, trivialities are discussed, and then all go home lulled into complacency, but still feeling slightly peckish.

  11. I m of two minds when it comes to this book On the one hand, the writing and James observations are exquisitely on point, and he is able to create such a fleshed out story with so little story line On the other, I disliked all the characters I did sympathize with Catherine, and in a way, even with Morris, but I did not connect to them I ve found this to be the case with other books by Henry James as well as Edith Wharton They are such masters of language, but for me, they are not as acutely tale [...]

  12. Poor Catherine Her father Dr Sloper was absolutely vile and I just wanted to slap her horrible interfering, gossipy old aunt Then there s Maurice Townsend, the gold diggerimeball My first Henry James but not my last

  13. Washington Square 1880 was originally published in two different magazines as a serial and Henry James himself didn t really think much of it as a small novel, and I would partly agree with that.Structurally simple in it s approach the story basically recounts a conflict between father and daughter over her wishes to wed a gentleman called Morris Townsend, who he greatly disproves of.The father, Dr Sloper is a cold but intelligent man who after losing his wife seems to struggle with the realizat [...]

  14. Doctor Sloper who is definitely not Doctor Slop in Tristram Shandy, I don t think is an exquisitely drawn character, and his etching here by James who is definitely not E L well, I m pretty sure is so remarkable that I can almost understand the lasting purchase Aunt Lavinia who is definitely not Aunt Lavinia fromGreat Granny Webster though, how many Aunt Lavinias can there be is similarly exquisitely drawn, if in less likable hues, and certainly less likable than the previously mentioned Aunt La [...]

  15. I had read Daisy Miller and enjoyed it so I thought I would like another Henry James novel, Washington Square Further, one of the remarks on the cover said something about the man writing as good a family story as Jane Austen What could be better A lot of things actually I even read somewhere that James didn t like the novel so he didn t include it in his anthology I m surprised he made it through the first time knowing the ending as he presumably did.Staged in New York City, Washington Square i [...]

  16. Victorian books are embroidered with stock characters, with backstories that can be summed in a sentence A sententious physician A meddling older woman A maiden aunt, with a sole romantic disappointment in her lonely past It doesn t occur to you to think about what awful drama that sentence drags behind it, but it s occurred to Henry James What was that disappointment Would that maiden aunt have been better off undisappointed So here s James s wonderful heroine plain, dull Catherine Sloper Her f [...]

  17. Some truly monstrous fathers can be found among the great works of fiction Shakespeare s King Lear and Titus Andronicus certainly come to mind, or Hardy s Michael Henchard , and Laius of Thebes may be the worst of the lot Having just finished reading Henry James s Washington Square I am now fully prepared to add Doctor Austin Sloper to my top ten list of Worst Fathers of Fiction.Washington Square is a short novel a novella by Henry James written in 1880, and is really an excellent introduction [...]

  18. Here we are in New York City in the mid 1880 s, a bit before Edith Wharton s time, but in the same social milieu This is a kind of novel of manners, a mid 19th Century soap opera Our author is Henry James, so be prepared for the long, convoluted, comma and semicomma laden sentences akin to those of Jane Austen.Yet a fascinating book Catherine, or less our heroine, is plain, stolid, timid, obedient and, quite frankly, a bit on the dull side She lives in her father s house With her mother decease [...]

  19. This is a re read Although my rating hasn t changed, I thought I d jot down a few things that occurred to me while listening to this.This is my first experience with a Henry James audiobook, and the feeling was quite different from holding a book in one s hands and letting the eyes do the walking For one, I found the narrator s voice a surprise not completely an unpleasant one, but a distinct difference from the voice I heard in my head, when reading it By this narrator s standards, Sloper is po [...]

  20. My second book by James and I still remain unimpressed when comparing him to Lawrence, Hardy or the Bront sisters Even to Austen.I know he writes about different times, different places and with different aims, but even though I appreciate his correct and composed style, I miss the passionate accounts of other classic authors.In Washington Square the setting takes place in the late XIXth New York where we are introduced to the Sloper family, consisting basically of the well respected and intelli [...]

  21. Catherine h a tre facce.Catherine di propriet del Dottor Sloper.Catherine il gingillo preferito di Lavinia Penniman.Catherine l oggetto del desiderio di Morris.Ma Catherine anche Catherine, una ragazza dolce scialba , remissiva insignificante e rispettosa ordinaria , che inaspettatamente tenace e caparbia, capace di tener testa a tutti e tre l autoritario Dottor Austin Sloper, il padre, l arrampicatore Morris Townsend, il fidanzato, e la pettegola Mrs Penniman, la zia.Catherine una ricca erediti [...]

  22. Henry James in depth character portrayals are marvelous We observe a widowed father, his daughter who will perhaps inherit a fortune, the father s meddlesome sister who delights in melodrama and the daughter s prospective suitor Does he love her or is he after her money The question becomes much complicated than this each of the four characters has their own history and personality traits All becomes intertwined and inseparable The writing is detailed, but all the details provided are pertinent [...]

  23. It was about the money, all about the money Catherine Sloper a young woman torn between the wishes of her father and the suitor who said he loved Catherine, and only Catherine.Not a lot happened plot wise although there were strong undercurrents in the tug of war between Dr Sloper and Morris Townsend, Catherine s suitor.Such a quiet character Catherine that I really shouldn t have been somewhat surprised at the endingRead the free edition of the novel and had no issues with the quality.

  24. Time the 1840 s, in New York City.Catherine Sloper, a twenty one year old woman.Daughter of a prominent and wealthy doctor.You d think all the young men would be trying to marry her.But Catherine is plain of face and very shy.There s a good probability, that she ll remain a spinster, till the end of life Catherine adores her father, and is intimidated in his presence.A very intelligent man, Dr.Austin Sloper is.The widower, invites his widow sister Lavinia, to stay at the Washington Square mansio [...]

  25. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted here illegally The CCLaP 100 In which I read a hundred so called classic books for the first time, then file reports on whether or not I think they deserve the labelBook 10 Washington Square, by Henry James 1880 The story in a nutshell Agreed by most to definitely be one of his minor works, Washington Square is in reality not [...]

  26. Romanzo appartenente alla prima fase della narrativa jamesiana, pubblicato per la prima volta in Inghilterra nel 1880, se si sono gi letti i suoi romanzi brevi pi belli Giro di vite 1898 , La bestia nella giungla 1903 o il romanzo lungo Le ali della colomba 1902 o ancora il pi noto Ritratto di signora coevo a Washington Square si rimarr inizialmente sorpresi dalla narrazione fluida, dalla trama spicciola, da un romanzo che apparentemente sembra abbastanza sempliciotto Eppure non nego che mi piac [...]

  27. A lovely classic about a young girl trapped between her lover and her spiteful father.Catherine Sloper, a somewhat plain young girl, falls in love with a dashing but poor young man, Morris Townsend Catherine s father does not support their union in fact he doesn t support anything when it comes to Catherine , claiming that Morris is a gold digger with no profession Threatening to disinherit Catherine if she marries Morris, she is torn between following her heart and her father s wishes.I didn t [...]

  28. An early work by Henry James 1880 and rather brief, The plot is straightforward Dr Sloper lives with his daughter Catherine and hus widowed sister Mrs Penniman They live in Washington Square and Sr Sloper is reasonably well off and Catherine also has some money left by her mother Dr Sloper and the narrator describe Catherine as rather plain and unitelligent Into this family scene enters Morris Townsend, a very handsome and penniless young man who woos Catherine and charms Mrs Penniman and wins h [...]

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