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Washington Square [Elektronisk resurs]
Washington Square [Elektronisk resurs]
Av: James, Henry (Författare/medförfattare)
Utgivningsår: nnnn
Språk: Engelska
Hylla: He.01/DR
Medietyp: E-bok
Förlag: Anncona Media
Resurstyp: Elektroniskt material
ISBN: 9789176058664
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Washington Square is a 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. Although James himself regarded the novel with near contempt, readers have enjoyed its linear narrative technique, its straightforward prose (far removed from the convoluted language of James's later career), and the sharply etched portraits of the four main characters. Even the rusty plot revolving around "the will" has charmed many critics with its old-fashioned simplicity. Henry James, OM (Order of Merit) (1843-1916) was an American-born writer, regarded as one of the key figures of 19th-century literary realism. He is best known for a number of novels showing Americans encountering Europe and Europeans. His method of writing from a character's point of view allowed him to explore issues related to consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting. His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and unreliable narrators brought a new depth to narrative fiction. Henry James was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911, 1912, and 1916. [Elib]

Det finns massor av klassiker att läsa. En av dem utspelar sig i huvudsak i en salong vid Washington Square på Manhattan i New York. Romanen utspelar sig på 1830-talet men publicerades 1881. En far-dotter relation. En slags hjärnornas kamp. I det ena hörnet Doktorn, änklingen, Fadren, cynikern, i det andra den moderslöse godmodiga dottern Catherine Sloper, den fula ankungen, plikttrogen, envis av det segaste virke. Henry James (1843-1916) skrev den korta romanen om ett frieri som mals ned. Det är en av de språkligt vassaste romaner jag läst. ”Han skulle blivit förvånad, om någon hade sagt det till honom, men det är ett bokstavligt faktum att han nästan aldrig tilltalade sin dotter i annat än ironiska ordalag. Det beredde henne alltid glädje att han talade till henne, men hon måste så att säga klippa ut glädjen ur hela stycket. Det blev bitar över, små överblivna remsor och stumpar av ironi, som hon inte visste vad hon skulle ta sig till med…” Romanens avväpnande slutmening är värdig en
2013-03-18
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