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What Maisie Knew : World's Classics - Henry James

What Maisie Knew

World's Classics

Paperback Published: 1st August 2008
ISBN: 9780199538591
Number Of Pages: 336

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What Maisie Knew (1897) represents one of James's finest reflections on the rites of passage from wonder to knowledge, and the question of their finality. The child of violently divorced parents, Maisie Farange opens her eyes on a distinctly modern world. Mothers and fathers keep changing their partners and names, while she herself becomes the pretext for all sorts of adult sexual intrigue.
In this classic tale of the death of childhood, there is a savage comedy that owes much to Dickens. But for his portrayal of the child's capacity for intelligent wonder', James summons all the subtlety he devotes elsewhere to his most celebrated adult protagonists. Neglected and exploited by everyone around her, Maisie inspires James to dwell with extraordinary acuteness on the things that may pass between adult and child. In addition to a new introduction, this edition of the novel offers particularly detailed notes, bibliography, and a list of variant readings.

AcknowledgementsIntroductionNote on the TextFurther ReadingA Chronology of Henry JamesExplanatory NotesVariant Readings

ISBN: 9780199538591
ISBN-10: 019953859X
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st August 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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