The Princess Casamassima

The Princess Casamassima

Henry James’s novel “The Princess Casamassima” incorporates in an ironic or satiric way some of the most important elements of the populist romance. Much irony is exercised upon the notion of “the people” as superior—the central idea of the romantic sociology of the people.

Amanda Pynsen is a poor woman who adopts her friend Florentine Vivier’s illegitimate child. A few years ago, Florentine Vivier stabbed her lover to death…

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