Cover of: 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

First edition.

Classifications

Library of Congress
PZ3.J234 Aw, PS2116.A8 Aw

The Physical Object

Pagination
3p. l., 3-456 [1]p., 1l.
Number of pages
456

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL528833M
Internet Archive
awkwardageanove00jamegoog
LC Control Number
99001856
OCLC/WorldCat
8003772
Library Thing
58053
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