Washington Square Author:Henry James "Everyone likes Washington Square. Even the denigrators of Henry James," writes Donald Hall in his appreciative Afterword. One of the few Jamesian novels set in his native land, its style is direct and economical; its plot - centering upon an heiress favored by neither beauty nor brilliance, her proud and pitiless father, her fortune-hunting ... more »suitor - has the simplicity of a classic drama. Henry James portrays the shifting relationships of his characters through a series of confrontations and self-revelations. And from this depiction there emerges a view of love and cruelty, innocence and treachery, singularly shaped by his intense moral vision. Clifton Fadiman has written of the novel's "almost Mozatian combinations of sweetness and depth." While F.W. Dupee has deemed it "A first-rate novel of James's early period, or of any of his periods... its surfaces are so fine, the writing so perfect, and the fusion of humor and pathos so inevitable."