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The Two Faces of Washington Square


An old cover to Henry James's Washington Square, courtesy of Wikimedia

According to author Cynthia Ozick, "Washington Square is a novel about imposture, about people who pretend to be what they are not." Take a listen, she'll tell you. Her insight is reinforced by two remarkable Oscar winners, actresses Olivia de Havilland and Annette Bening, who reads excerpts throughout the Washington Square Big Read audio documentary.

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