Princess Casamassima cover

Princess Casamassima

Henry james (1843-1916)

1. Book First Chapter 01
2. Book First Chapter 02
3. Book First Chapter 03
4. Book First Chapter 04
5. Book First Chapter 05
6. Book First Chapter 06
7. Book First Chapter 07
8. Book First Chapter 08
9. Book First Chapter 09
10. Book First Chapter 10
11. Book First Chapter 11
12. Book Second Chapter 12
13. Book Second Chapter 13
14. Book Second Chapter 14
15. Book Second Chapter 15
16. Book Second Chapter 16
17. Book Second Chapter 17
18. Book Second Chapter 18
19. Book Second Chapter 19
20. Book Second Chapter 20
21. Book Second Chapter 21
22. Book Third Chapter 22
23. Book Third Chapter 23
24. Book Third Chapter 24
25. Book Third Chapter 25
26. Book Third Chapter 26
27. Book Third Chapter 27
28. Book Third Chapter 28
29. Book Fourth Chapter 29
30. Book Fourth Chapter 30
31. Book Fourth Chapter 31
32. Book Fourth Chapter 32
33. Book Fourth Chapter 33
34. Book Fourth Chapter 34
35. Book Fourth Chapter 35
36. Book Fourth Chapter 36
37. Book Fourth Chapter 37
38. Book Fifth Chapter 38
39. Book Fifth Chapter 39
40. Book Fifth Chapter 40
41. Book Fifth Chapter 41
42. Book Fifth Chapter 42
43. Book Fifth Chapter 43
44. Book Fifth Chapter 44
45. Book Fifth Chapter 45
46. Book Fifth Chapter 46
47. Book Fifth Chapter 47

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Genres

Summary

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)