The Open Door

The Open Door

Book - 2008
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After the death of her mother, Constance Fenimore Woolson leaves the United States for Europe in pursuit of Henry James, not because she's in love with him, but because she's transfixed by his writing. And while he does eventually give Constance his attention, it's not without a price.
Publisher: New York : Other Press, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781590512838
Branch Call Number: MAG
Characteristics: 236 pages ; 20 cm


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Oct 04, 2017

This is the fictionalized story of Constance Fenimore Woolson, a friend of Henry James who became privy to his deepest secret. A short and beautifully written book. Constance was a very successful writer herself and it infuriated James, who felt his novels were vastly superior (and they have indeed stood the test of time), yet Woolson made a lot more money from her work than he did. She traveled all over Europe and even to Egypt, sending back travel reports to American magazines like The Atlantic and Harper's. The novel reads like a biography, with details and letters that one imagines must have come from the history of these figures. I can't relate the title of the book to its content.

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