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What Maisie Knew

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(416 Pages)
Product Number: LP2877
Released: 01 Jan, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781471225642
Publisher: W F Howes
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One of James’ comic masterpieces, despite its corrupt atmosphere of divorce and adultery, What Maisie Knew 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. 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.

Author(s): Henry James
Genre: Classics
Original Publish Date: 01 Jan, 2013

Professional reviews

"‘James' finest working of his preoccupation with the theme of innocence corrupted…James is the master of making what is not said the most important thing on the page.’ KATE ATKINSON ‘Embodies everything that James excelled at in fiction’ PAUL THEROUX"

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