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The Beautiful Child by Emma Tennant

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Book Description

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.


  • ISBN: 9780720614596 |
  • Hardcover: 180 pages |
  • Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers |
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  • Language: English |
  • Format: Ebook