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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, unemotional father. The plot of the novel is based upon a true story told to James by his close friend, British actress Fanny Kemble.[1] The book is often compared with Jane Austen's work for the clarity and grace of its prose and its intense focus on family relationships. 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 could not, 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.Dr. Austin Sloper, a wealthy and highly successful physician, lives in Washington Square, New York, with his daughter Catherine. Catherine is a sweet-natured young woman who is a great disappointment to her father, being physically plain and, he believes, dull in terms of personality and intellect. His sister, Lavinia Penniman, a meddlesome woman with a weakness for romance and melodrama, is the only other member of the doctor's household. One day, Catherine meets the charming Morris Townsend at a party and is powerfully drawn to him. Townsend courts Catherine. Sloper strongly disapproves, believing Townsend to be a 'selfish idler' who is after Catherine's money alone. Penniman, however, regards the situation as romantic, and continually meddles in an attempt to bring the two together. When Townsend and Catherine announce their engagement, Sloper investigates Townsend's background, and believes him to be a parasitic spendthrift. Sloper forbids his daughter to marry Townsend, telling her that he will disinherit her if she does. Sloper largely intends this threat as a stratagem to flush Townsend out: if Townsend responds by breaking off the engagement, not only will Sloper have succeeded in preventing the marriage, but his assessment of Townsend's character will also be proven correct. Townsend, however, suspects that Sloper is bluffing, and that he will not leave his daughter penniless — indeed this question is left unanswered even to the reader. Townsend therefore continues the engagement, but repeatedly defers scheduling the wedding. Catherine too continues the engagement, and this represents the first time that she has stood against her father's wishes. Arrogantly certain of getting his way eventually, Sloper finds an urbane entertainment in the situation, simultaneously pitying his daughter and yet treating the circumstances as a sport. Meanwhile, Penniman continues to undermine Sloper's efforts to keep the two apart.

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9781532838200 | Ill edition (Createspace Independent Pub, April 20, 2016), cover price $7.99 | also contains Washington Square, Washington Square, Washington Square, Washington Square | About this edition: Washington Square is a short novel by Henry James.
9781518765544 | Createspace Independent Pub, October 25, 2015, cover price $9.95 | also contains Washington Square, Washington Square, Washington Square | About this edition: 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.
9781518705410 | Createspace Independent Pub, October 21, 2015, cover price $6.99 | also contains Washington Square, Washington Square, Washington Square | About this edition: This collection of literature attempts to compile many classics that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.
9781517566722 | Createspace Independent Pub, October 1, 2015, cover price $9.95 | also contains Washington Square, Washington Square, Washington Square | About this edition: Washington Square is a short novel by Henry James.
9781511538572 | Createspace Independent Pub, March 31, 2015, cover price $11.00 | also contains Washington Square, Washington Square, Washington Square | About this edition: Washington Square is a short novel by Henry James.
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Product Description: This award-winning collection of adapted classic literature and original stories develops reading skills for low-beginning through advanced students.Accessible language and carefully controlled vocabulary build students' reading confidence...read more
By Kieran McGovern (editor)

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9780194791922 | Reprint edition (Oxford Univ Pr, March 30, 2008), cover price $9.38 | About this edition: This award-winning collection of adapted classic literature and original stories develops reading skills for low-beginning through advanced students.

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Product Description: When a handsome young man begins to court Catherine Sloper, she feels she is very lucky. She is a quiet, gentle girl, but neither beautiful nor clever; no one had ever admired her before, or come to the front parlour of her home in Washington Square to whisper soft words of love to her...read more
By Jennifer Bassett (contributor), Henry James and Kieran McGovern (contributor)

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9780194231503 | Oxford Univ Pr, October 26, 2000, cover price $13.75 | About this edition: When a handsome young man begins to court Catherine Sloper, she feels she is very lucky.

When Charlie Babbitt, a hustler, learns that his wealthy father has left everything to Charlie's autistic brother, Raymond, Charlie decides to kidnap his brother.

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9780582417854 | Addison-Wesley Longman Ltd, May 1, 2000, cover price $9.27 | About this edition: When Charlie Babbitt, a hustler, learns that his wealthy father has left everything to Charlie's autistic brother, Raymond, Charlie decides to kidnap his brother.

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An Upper Level story in a series of ELT readers comprising a wide range of titles and divided into five levels: Starter Level, with about 300 basic words; Beginner (600); Elementary (1100); Intermediate (1600); and Upper (2200). Some of the titles are also available on cassette.

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9780435288327 | Macmillan Educ Ltd, November 14, 1995, cover price $5.25 | About this edition: An Upper Level story in a series of ELT readers comprising a wide range of titles and divided into five levels: Starter Level, with about 300 basic words; Beginner (600); Elementary (1100); Intermediate (1600); and Upper (2200).

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