Washington Square audiobook

Washington Square audiobook
by Henry James (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.

Washington Square
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1880 first edition cover
Author Henry James
Illustrator George Du Maurier
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Harper & Brothers
New York City
Publication date 1 December 1880
Media type Print: hardcover
Pages 266 pp
OCLC Number 9746895