Washington Square

Version: Unabridged
Author: Henry James
Narrator: Lloyd James
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Classics
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: July 2001
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 7 hours, 17 minutes
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Overview

The setting for this novel (originally published in 1881) is New York City. The story involves a rich, widowed physician, his homely daughter, and a fortune-hunting suitor. The daughter shuns the counsel of her father and the consequences are cruel: lifelong withdrawal and loneliness.

James is the acknowledged master of the psychological novel, which profoundly influenced the 20th-century literary world. The power of his prose and the skill with which he marshals seemingly insignificant details to accomplish his purpose sustains the listener's interest and compels continued contemplation.

Reviews (1)

Fine Eye For Detail

Written by Anonymous on September 16th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A study in the perversities people indulge to nourish their egos and control others. Dr. Sloper relishes being correct about his daughter's misery more than making his daughter happy, just as he prefers being right about his own impending death over trying to stay alive. James also had a keen sense for the subtleties of power relationships between people. Highly recommended.

Author Details

Author Details

James, Henry

Henry James is one of the greatest American novelists, and spent his last years in England. Among his numerous works are The Ambassadors and The Golden Bowl, his two masterpieces.