The Beautiful Child by Emma Tennant

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Though the attempt at a ghost story that is both postmodern and Jamesian is admirable, the result is more style than substance, and readers would do better to revisit The Turn of the Screw.
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From the acclaimed author of Pemberley and Thornfield Hall comes a tale inspired by Henry James

The Beautiful Child is the last known unfinished story by the great American writer, ending on a Jamesian note of terror and amplified throughout by Tennant's trademark feminist-dreamlike style. A chilling account of cruelty and neglect, it suggests a terrifying real scandal behind James's inability to complete his story of a couple who beseech a fashionable artist to paint the child they never had—none other than the dipsomaniac Mr. and Mrs. Smith, longstanding servants of James until the novel was abandoned.

 

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Emma Tennant is best known for a postmodern approach to her fiction, which often gives a dreamlike twist to classic stories. Her books include a sequel to Pride and Prejudice called Pemberley and Thornfield Hall: Jane Eyre's Hidden Story.
 
Published April 1, 2013 by Peter Owen Publishers. 145 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Apr 15 2013

Though the attempt at a ghost story that is both postmodern and Jamesian is admirable, the result is more style than substance, and readers would do better to revisit The Turn of the Screw.

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