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Publisher's Summary

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.

Public Domain (P)1983 Jimcin Recordings

Critic Reviews

"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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Interesting

Best word I could think to describe this mammoth book. Sometimes predictable but depth to characters and used historical fact and speculation well to create something that wanted me to keep listening.

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Poor Audio Quality

This book is not of the sound and dramatic quality I generally have found in audiobooks. In addition, I am not sure that the reader interpreted the character voices as the author intended.

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