[Read] ➵ Novels 1881–1886: Washington Square / The Portrait of a Lady / The Bostonians ➼ Henry James – Anguillais.us

Novels 1881–1886: Washington Square / The Portrait of a Lady / The BostoniansWritten In London And Italy Between 1879 And 1885, The Novels In This Library Of America Volume Portray American Women Confronting Crises Of Independence And Possession Studies In The Exercise Of Power That Marks Relations Between Sexes, Classes, And Cultures, They Show James S Special Solicitude For The Young Heroines Who Occupy The Center Of His Fictional World.Washington Square 1880 Examines The Life Of Catherine Sloper, A Plain, Sweet, Young Woman Who Lives Imprisoned By The Selfishness Of Those Close To Her Her Lover, Who Cares Only For Her Fortune Her Aunt, Who Meddles For The Sake Of Romantic Intrigue And Her Protective Father, Who Repays Her Adoration With Irony And Wit Set In The New York Of The 1840s, Washington Square Evokes The Still Intimate City Of James S Childhood While Presenting A Frightening Moral Lesson In The Human Consequences Of Manipulation And Indifference.The Portrait Of A Lady 1881 Is The Story Of Isabel Archer, A Beautiful, Idealistic, And Inexperienced American Woman Who Is Made Wealthy By Her Uncle At The Instigation Of Her Dying Cousin Surrounded By The Seductive Pleasures Of Nineteenth Century Europe, She Preserves Her Idealism Despite Involvement With Some Who Would Divert Her Life To Uses Of Their Own Caspar Goodwood, Virile American Captain Of Industry Lord Warburton, Scion Of British Aristocracy Gilbert Osmond, Connoisseur And Collector Of Beautiful Objects Madame Merle, Subtle And Charming Expatriate Of Unknown Connections, And Indomitable Henrietta Stackpole, Roving Journalist And Steadfast Friend James S Many Layered Masterpiece Concerns The Perilous American Pursuit Of Individual Freedom.The Bostonians 1886 Presents An Unusual Contest For The Affections Of Verena Tarrant, The Lovely, Na Ve, And Pliant Daughter Of A Mesmerist Lecturer She Is Courted By Two Cousins Basil Ransom, An Impractical Mississippi Landowner Now Pursuing A Meager New York Legal Practice, And Olive Chancellor, A Rich Young Boston Feminist Against The Richly Textured Backdrop Of Boston And New York Society, They Enact A Drama Of Confused Identity And Willful Calculation That Demonstrates The Power And The Perils Engendered By The Refusal Of Self Knowledge.

[Read] ➵ Novels 1881–1886: Washington Square / The Portrait of a Lady / The Bostonians ➼ Henry James – Anguillais.us
  • Hardcover
  • 1249 pages
  • Novels 1881–1886: Washington Square / The Portrait of a Lady / The Bostonians
  • Henry James
  • English
  • 13 January 2017
  • 9780940450301

    10 thoughts on “[Read] ➵ Novels 1881–1886: Washington Square / The Portrait of a Lady / The Bostonians ➼ Henry James – Anguillais.us


  1. says:

    Washington Square is famously the novel beloved of those who don t like Henry James The author, in turn, thought so little of it that he omitted it from the New York edition that canonized his works for posterity So there is a certain correspondence between the author s relation to this text and the feelings of Dr Sloper toward his daughter Catherine It is a charming tale, well worth a read.Portrait of a Lady is considered the masterpiece of James s middle period, and I would not dispute that The lady whose portrait is here presented is one of the most fully realized characters I ve run across in fiction, ranking with those in War and Peace and Crime and Punishment This is a particular achievement since James depicts Isabel Archer as a young woman highly eligible men fall in love with at first sight Yet the portrait is so rounded that the reader is inclined to find her as irresistibly charming, faults and all, as the author intended At any rate, I feel as if I ve known at least one young lady a lot like her.The in...


  2. says:

    This book is actually three classic stories written by an author I enjoy I also like the fact that the writer looks into the lives of women back in time when women were not allowed many rights.


  3. says:

    actually, Washington Sq I d give four stars, Lady three and Bostonians two Bostonians was bizarre.


  4. says:

    I found this book interesting, albeit long The psychology of Isabella, Madame Merle, Gilbert Osmond and many of the other characters was certainly complex I am much matter of fact and straight forward than any of them, and it was interesting to read about their complex motivations and behaviors When my book club read and discussed this book there were some very different opinions, which turned out to be a result of the fact that there are two versions of the book the first published in October 1881 by Houghton, Mifflin and Company in Boston the second was published 27 years later when James extensively revised the book for the New York Edition Charles Scribner s Sons, 1908 making this final version a very different book from the one that first appeared in 1881 pg 1239 This made for considerable confusion until we figured out that we had read different editions I just finished the 1881 edition I d like to at least read the ending of the other I m not sure if the changes are just in the ending or throughout the book A couple of quotes I found interesting follow Isabel sat there for half an hour, and Pansy entertained her like a little lady not chattering, but conversing, and showing the same courteous interest in Isabel s affairs that Isabel was so good as to take in hers pg 515 I liked the not chattering, but convers...


  5. says:

    The train for Marmion left Boston at four o clock in the afternoon, and rambled fitfully toward the southern cape, while the shadows grew long in the stony pastures and the slanting light gilded the straggling, shabby woods, and painted the ponds and marshes with yellow gleams The ripeness of summer lay upon the land, and yet there was nothing in the country Basil Ransom traversed that seemed susceptible of maturity nothing but the apples in the little tough, dense orchards, which gave a suggestion of sour fruition here and there, and the tall, bright golden rod at the bottom of the bare stone dykes There were no fields of yellow grain only here and there a crop of brown hay But there was a kind of soft scrubbiness in the landscape, and a sweetness begotten of low horizons, of mild air, with a possibility of summer haze, of unregarded i...


  6. says:

    Early on it struck me how James writing was similar to David Foster Wallace long sentences, incredible vocabulary well written However it required somehow concentration to stay with James This may be the difference of time period and the serious nature of the earlier writing The characters in the Bostonian are all extremely flawed It is hard to identify with anyone except the lady doctor who plays such a small part and adds little to the story Come to think of it all the characters in Infinite Jest are flawed as well It was hard to identify with many of the character actions They seemed stereotypical, almost portraits of classes of people James disliked Reading the introduction finally it was interesting that the book was championed at different times both by chauvinists and women s lib It points out just how ambiguous the writing was You couldn t really tell which side James was trying...


  7. says:

    I enjoyed Washington Square and The Portrait of a Lady but thought The Bostonians really boring and hard to get through HOwever, it was a good before bed read as it instantly made me fall asleep They all demonstrate varying degrees to which the female characters are susceptible and influenced by the other characters both male female out of sense of responsibility and duty to their roles of being a woman at that time It was well represented in female characters from various classes but the main characters all seemed to be wealthy women in society Ultimately it manifests the effects of individual freedom or the lack thereof for women of that time in very perspective and often cruel way which is interesting having been written by a male author of the time after all..I also recommend the movie versions of Washington Square starring Jennifer Jason Leigh Albet Finney The Portrait of a Lady starring Nicole Kidman a...


  8. says:

    These three works are his best Washington Square, The Portrait of a Lady and The Bostonians I ve read nine of his novels and a book of his short stories It appears as though his earlier works were better written By the time I got to The Wings of the Dove 1902 I had grown tired of him By the end of his career, there wasn t a simple action or thought that he couldn t convey in an unending stream of words His mantra seemed to be, I could be ...


  9. says:

    Talk about a literary triple crown Three stone masterpieces between two covers, including some of the most exquisite descriptive writing in American literature eg, the opening lawn scene in Portrait of a Lady, the Cape Cod scenes at the end of Bostonians And the characters The one thing that these three novels do have ...


  10. says:

    I determined that I would read all of James oeuvre haven t done it yet but I read all of these his fiction has a carriage pace but there is something wonderful about how he holds time back, so that he can muse there is indirection in him than in Proust, but the intention to hold on, moment by moment, is shared and James had the odd idea of being popular in the sense of being marketable I...

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