This novel tells the story of Catherine Sloper, the plain, obedient daughter of the widowed, well-to-do Dr. August Sloper of Washington Square. When a handsome, reckless man-about-town proposes to Catherine, her father forbids the marriage because he believes the man to be after Catherine's fortune and future inheritance. The conflict between father, daughter, and suitor provokes consequences in the lives of all three that make this story one of James's most piercingly memorable. James is the acknowledged master of the psychological novel. The power of his prose and the skill with which he marshals small details to accomplish his purpose, sustains the listener's attention.Plus
"Though it has a far less complex plot than many other James novels, Washington Square still remains a classic psychological study of a rich family in the throes of conflict, a clash of wills over a daughter's desire
to marry an apparent fortune hunter. Donna Barkman's reading of the story is excellent; she at once captures the
whole brooding nature of the book and brings an added feeling of realism to its characters. An interesting study in values that ultimately pits romantic dreams against reality." (Booklist)
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