The awkward age
Henry James Jr.

About the Book

Nanda Brookenham is 'coming out' in London society. Thrust suddenly into the vicious, immoral circle that has gathered round her mother, she even finds herself in competition with Mrs Brookenham for the affection of the man she admires. Light and ironic in its touch, The Awkward Age nevertheless analyzes the English character with great subtlety.
The Awkward Age, which has been much praised for its natural dialogue and the delicacy of feeling it conveys, exemplifies Conrad's remark that James 'is never in deep gloom or in violent sunshine. But he feels deeply and vividly every delicate shade.'

first published as a serial in Harper's Weekly in 1898-1899 and then as a book later in 1899. Originally conceived as a brief, light story about the complications created in her family's social set by a young girl coming of age, the novel expanded into a general treatment of decadence and corruption in English fin de siècle life. James presents the novel almost entirely in dialogue, an experiment that adds to the immediacy of the scenes but also creates serious ambiguities about characters and their motives.

Edition Notes

Victoria University Library has Northrop Frye's copy with his annotations.

Victoria University Library's Frye copy #824: 1985 printing.

Series
Penguin modern classics -- 2451, Frye annotated -- no. 824, Frye annotated -- no. 1507

Classifications

Library of Congress
PS2116 A86 1966

The Physical Object

Pagination
382p.
Number of pages
382

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL21510419M

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