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Washington Square

(1880)
Author: Henry James
Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc.
Pages: 166
Personal Rating: 0/10
Amazon: 4/5
Goodreads: 3.5/5
Bindings:Paper Back
Classifications:History
Drama
Romance
Synopsis:
When a flurry of attention from an attractive suitor causes the plain and unremarkable Catherine to fall deeply in love, the stage is set for a struggle of opposing wills between Catherine and her adored father. Dismayed by his prospective son-in-law's shallowness and lack of prospects, and strongly suspecting him of fortune-hunting, Dr Sloper threatens Catherine with disinheritance and forces her into a choice between father and lover. As the tale unfolds, James explores, with acute psychological penetration and masterly story-telling skill, the moral consequences of the callous exploitation of trust and the ruthless manipulation of a tender heart.

While this memorable story plays itself out in the vanished world of nineteenth-century New York, its underlying themes and moral concerns are timeless and universal. Students and other lovers of great literature will appreciate this inexpensive edition of one of the great American novels.