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Princess Casamassima

Henry James

Princess Casamassima can be read on several levels: first, as a political and social novel, exploring the anarchistic and revolutionary underground of London in the 1880s; secondly as a psychological study of such a movement on a young man (the protagonist, Hyacinth Robinson) who may or may not be descended from the aristocracy, but whose artistic nature shines out in the midst of the London slums; and thirdly, as an examination of the conundrum whether the world of art and culture is necessarily built on the abject poverty of others. The Princess herself started as the beautiful and intelligent American Christina Light in James’s Roderick Hudson but has now come to London to escape the Neapolitan prince to whom she is unhappily married. Yet she and Robinson are only two of a larger set of characters whose commitment to an imagined revolutionary cause may be sincere or many be questionable. As is usual with Henry James, readers will have to make their own judgements.( Nicholas Clifford)

Princess Casamassima can be read on several levels: first, as a political and social novel, exploring the anarchistic and revolutionary underground of London in the 1880s; secondly as a psychological study of such a movement on a young man (the protagonist, Hyacinth Robinson) who may or may not be descended from the aristocracy, but whose artistic nature shines out in the midst of the London slums; and thirdly, as an examination of the conundrum whether the world of art and culture is necessarily built on the abject poverty of others. The Princess herself started as the beautiful and intelligent American Christina Light in James’s Roderick Hudson but has now come to London to escape the Neapolitan prince to whom she is unhappily married. Yet she and Robinson are only two of a larger set of characters whose commitment to an imagined revolutionary cause may be sincere or many be questionable. As is usual with Henry James, readers will have to make their own judgements.( Nicholas Clifford)
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Princess Casamassima can be read on several levels: first, as a political and social novel, exploring the anarchistic and revolutionary underground of London in the 1880s; secondly as a psychological study of such a movement on a young man (the protagonist, Hyacinth Robinson) who may or may not be descended from the aristocracy, but whose artistic nature shines out in the midst of the London slums; and thirdly, as an examination of the conundrum whether the world of art and culture is necessarily built on the abject poverty of others. The Princess herself started as the beautiful and intelligent American Christina Light in James’s Roderick Hudson but has now come to London to escape the Neapolitan prince to whom she is unhappily married. Yet she and Robinson are only two of a larger set of characters whose commitment to an imagined revolutionary cause may be sincere or many be questionable. As is usual with Henry James, readers will have to make their own judgements.( Nicholas Clifford)

Language:

English

Narrators:

Nicholas Clifford

Length:

21h 35m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

28:27


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

30:51


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

30:23


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

28:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

31:16


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

21:37


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

27:11


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

24:19


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

24:27


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

22:53


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

30:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

31:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

36:46


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

26:46


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

42:39


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

27:04


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

29:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

14:52


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

16:38


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

31:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

42:53


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

40:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

28:12


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

30:04


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

23:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

14:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

26:19


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

26:53


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

25:32


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

22:50


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

19:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

26:07


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

24:05


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

20:44


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

28:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

22:19


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

32:07


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

40:45


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

37:43


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

36:29


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

35:37


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

17:51


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

19:53


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

32:13


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

22:15


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

16:28


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

22:43