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The awkward age

Author: Henry James; Vivien Jones
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009, ©1984.
Series: Oxford world's classics (Oxford University Press)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Awkward Age (1899), written at a time when female emancipation and the double standard were subjects of fierce debate, is the most remarkable example of James's dramatic method. The novel traces the experiences of 18-year-old Nanda Brookenham, exposed to corruption in the salon of her youthful, 'modern' mother, who, in maintaining a circle where talk is shockingly sophisticated, 'must sacrifice either her  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Bildungsromans
Domestic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry James; Vivien Jones
ISBN: 9780199554911 0199554919
OCLC Number: 353754083
Description: xlvii, 376 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Note on the text --
Bibliography --
Chronology of Henry James --
Preface by Henry James --
The awkward age --
Explanatory notes.
Series Title: Oxford world's classics (Oxford University Press)
Responsibility: Henry James ; edited with an introduction and notes by Vivien Jones.

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The Awkward Age (1899), written at a time when female emancipation and the double standard were subjects of fierce debate, is the most remarkable example of James's dramatic method. The novel traces the experiences of 18-year-old Nanda Brookenham, exposed to corruption in the salon of her youthful, 'modern' mother, who, in maintaining a circle where talk is shockingly sophisticated, 'must sacrifice either her daughter or ... her intellectual habits'. Does Nanda reach maturity and self-knowledge in the lively company of handsome, genial Vanderbank, whom she loves, and of ugly, intelligent, parvenu Mitchy, who loves her? Or is she a symbol of sterile idealism, as she clings to old Mr Longdon, with his memories of Nanda's grandmother, and of an aristocracy once untouched by money-troubles and dubious French novels? - Publisher.

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