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The Awkward Age (Hardcover)

Author:  Henry James Introduction:  Cynthia Ozick
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0679420371
ISBN-13: 9780679420378
Sku: 30116558
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.25L x 1T
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Henry James had arrived at such mastery of the forms and uses of fiction by the time he published The Awkward Age in 1899 that this story of a young girl introduced into a casually corrupt circle of sophisticates is at once a universal drama of innocence confronting evil, a detailed examination of a social order, and a stunning picture of a civilization in crisis.
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Introduction by Cynthia OzickHenry James had arrived at such mastery of the forms and uses of fiction by the time he published The Awkward Age in 1899 that this story of a young girl introduced into a casually corrupt circle of sophisticates is at once a universal drama of innocence confronting evil, a detailed examination of a social order, and a stunning picture of a civilization in crisis.
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Mr. Longdon travels to London from his country estate to look up the family of Lady Julia, a woman he loved long ago but who is now dead. Lady Julia's daughter, Mrs. Brookenham, shocks him with her rather vulgar friends and conversation, but her daughter Nanda, who is at the "awkward"--i.e., marriageable--age, is both beautiful and moral. Mr. Longdon takes her under his wing and becomes involved in the wildly complex matrimonial games of Mrs. Brookenham's set, from which Nanda eventually emerges unscathed. This novel, which is told mostly in dialogue, is one of James's most enigmatic. It is also a scathing attack on the obsession with wealth and position at the expense of feeling among the English upper classes.Mr. Longdon travels to London from his country estate to look up the family of Lady Julia, a woman he loved long ago but who is now dead. Lady Julia's daughter, Mrs. Brookenham, shocks him with her rather vulgar friends and conversation, but her daughter Nanda, who is at the "awkward"--i.e., marriageable--age, is both beautiful and moral. Mr. Longdon takes her under his wing and becomes involved in the wildly complex matrimonial games of Mrs. Brookenham's set, from which Nanda eventually emerges unscathed. This novel, which is told mostly in dialogue, is one of Henry James's most enigmatic. It is also a scathing attack on what he saw as the obsession with wealth and position at the expense of feeling among the English upper classes.
Author Bio
Henry James
Henry James was born into a wealthy Irish-American family who settled mainly in New York City's Greenwich Village and in Albany, New York, but lived and traveled extensively in Europe while Henry was growing up. Educated at a variety of schools in the U.S. and abroad, Henry spent a year at Harvard Law School, which he loathed, and used his time haunting the library and attending James Russell Lowell's lectures at Harvard College. Soon after, he began publishing short stories and reviews. When he was in his late teens, he spent much of his time on his own in Europe--chiefly England, France, and (his favorite) Italy--and, as he approached his 30s he became a virtual resident of Europe, returning to the U.S. only for brief periods. James became increasingly successful, wealthy, and respected as a writer of fiction and as a critic; his brilliantly insightful prefaces to his novels have influenced many writers. His attempts to write plays were all sad failures: To be a successful dramatist was a lifelong dream for James, but he seemed to lack the ability to dramatize action anywhere but on the printed page. In 1896 he settled at Lamb House, in Sussex, where he lived until his death in 1916. Reactions to James's work range from scorn and impatience (H. G. Wells called him "a hippopotamus resolved at any cost...upon picking up a pea") to reverence. Despite his increasing mannered and challenging style, James's work endures as great literature because of his humane sensibility, his insight into American and European culture, his moral clarity, his delicate wit, and the lucid subtlety of his language.

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"As for social conditions, predicaments, orders of things, where shall we find the like of the wonders wrought in 'The Awkward Age'?" - William Dean Howells January 1903
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