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Washington Square

Washington Square by Henry James
By: (1843-1916)

Washington Square is a short novel by Henry James. Originally published in 1880 as a serial in Cornhill Magazine and Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, it is a structurally simple tragicomedy that recounts the conflict between a dull but sweet daughter and her brilliant, domineering father.

The book is often compared to Jane Austen’s work for the clarity and grace of its prose and its intense focus on family relationships. James was hardly a great admirer of Jane Austen, so he might not have regarded the comparison as flattering. In fact, James was not a great fan of Washington Square itself. He tried to read it over for inclusion in the New York Edition of his fiction (1907-1909) but found that he couldn’t, and the novel was not included. Other readers, though, have sufficiently enjoyed the book to make it one of the more popular works of the Jamesian canon.

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This etext was scanned by David Price, email ccx074@coventry.ac.uk, from the 1921 Macmillan and Co. edition. Proofing was by Dimitri Papadopoulos, Lynn A. Weinberg, Stuart Bennett and Mary Willard.

WASHINGTON SQUARE

by Henry James

CHAPTER I

During a portion of the first half of the present century, and more particularly during the latter part of it, there flourished and practised in the city of New York a physician who enjoyed perhaps an exceptional share of the consideration which, in the United States, has always been bestowed upon distinguished members of the medical profession. This profession in America has constantly been held in honour, and more successfully than elsewhere has put forward a claim to the epithet of "liberal." In a country in which, to play a social part, you must either earn your income or make believe that you earn it, the healing art has appeared in a high degree to combine two recognised sources of credit. It belongs to the realm of the practical, which in the United States is a great recommendation; and it is touched by the light of science a merit appreciated in a community in which the love of knowledge has not always been accompanied by leisure and opportunity... Continue reading book >>


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Reviewer: - November 3, 2012
This is a very good book, I've listened to it over the past 3 days, very well read, greatly enjoyed it.

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