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What Maisie Knew

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What Maisie Knew by Henry James
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With an Introduction by Pat Righelato, University of Reading. The child of parents who divorce, remarry and then embark on adulterous affairs, Maisie Farange survives by her intelligence and spirit. For all its sombre theme of childhood innocence exposed to a corrupted adult world, this novel is one of James's comic masterpieces. The outrageous behaviour of the characters on the seedy fringes of the English upper class is conveyed with wit and relish. The dual perspective of a sophisticated narrator richly appreciative of the absurdities of the adult sexual merry-go-round and the candid vision of Maisie, 'rebounding' from one parent to another like a 'shuttlecock', together create an 'associational magic'. Strangely, unexpectedly, from so much that is tawdry, comes a tale of moral energy and subtlety. James's foresight was in understanding the modernity of his subject, which is even more relevant today in the twenty-first century.
Release date Australia
January 17th, 2000
Author
Contributors
Introduction by Pat Righelato Series edited by Keith Carabine
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Edition
New edition
Imprint
Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Pages
256
Dimensions
129x198x13
ISBN-13
9781840224122
Product ID
1760986

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