When timid and plain Catherine Sloper acquires a dashing and
determined suitor, her father, convinced that the young man is nothing
more than a fortune-hunter, decides to put a stop to their romance.
Torn between her desire to win her father's love and approval and her
passion for the first man who has ever declared his love for her,
Catherine faces an agonising dilemma, and becomes all too aware of the
restrictions that others seek to place on her freedom. James's masterly
novel deftly interweaves the public and private faces of
nineteenth-century New York society; it is also a deeply moving study
of innocence destroyed.
About The Author
Henry James was born in 1843 in Washington Place, New York, of Scottish and Irish ancestry. His father was a prominent theologian and philosopher and his elder brother, William, is also famous as a philosopher. He attended schools in New York and later in London, Paris and Geneva, entering the Law School at Harvard in 1862. In 1865 he began to contribute reviews and short stories to American journals. In 1875, after two prior visits to Europe, he settled for a year in Paris, where he met Flaubert, Turgenev and other literary figures. However, the next year he moved to London, where he became so popular in society that in the winter of 1878–9 he confessed to accepting 107 invitations. In 1898 he left London and went to live at Lamb House, Rye, Sussex. Henry James became a naturalized citizen in 1915, was awarded the Order of Merit and died in 1916.
In addition to many short stories, plays, books of criticism, autobiography and travel, he wrote some twenty novels, the first published being Roderick Hudson (1875). They include The Europeans, Washington Square, The Portrait of a Lady, The Bostonians, The Princess Casamassima, The Tragic Muse, The Spoils of Poynton, The Awkward Age, The Wings of the Dove, The Ambassadors and The Golden Bowl.
Series: Popular Penguins
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 28th June 2010
Dimensions (cm): 18.1 x 11.2
Weight (kg): 18.1