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Washington Square

Washington Square

by Henry James

We work in the dark—we do what we can—we give what we have. Our doubt is our passion, and our passion is our task. The rest is the madness of art.


Works about Henry James

  • Edel, Leon. Henry James: A Life. New York: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1956.
  • Gordon, Lyndall. A Private Life of Henry James: Two Women and His Art. New York: W. W. Norton, 1998.
  • Fisher, Paul. House of Wits: An Intimate Portrait of the James Family. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2008.
  • Novick, Sheldon M. Henry James: The Young Master. New York: Random House, 1996.
  • Novick, Sheldon M. Henry James: The Mature Master. New York: Random House, 2007.
If you enjoyed Washington Square, you might enjoy:
  • Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, 1868
  • Kate Chopin's The Awakening, 1899
  • Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence, 1920
  • Colm Tóibín's The Master, 2004
If you want to read works that inspired Henry James, you might enjoy:
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, 1850
  • Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary, 1857
  • George Eliot's Middlemarch, 1874
  • Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, 1902
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