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Washington Square

Washington Square

Author(s): Henry James

Location(s): New York City (NYC)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Second half 1800s



A beautiful book set in old patrician New York, this is the story of a Father and his daughter Catherine – she is courted by Morris Townsend, who is seemingly after her wealth. After her father’s death, he courts her afresh, but she feels her future is to remain in Washington Square, as a spinster.

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… James’s astute story of a plain heiress and the poor, handsome suitor who may or may not love her only for her wealth … James credits the young woman from the start with...

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