What Maisie Knew

What Maisie Knew

Written by:
Foreword by: Carroll Cartwright
Foreword by: Nancy Doyne

Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101199688
  • 320 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


The inspiration for a new film starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard, Steve Coogan, and Onata Aprile

After her parents’ bitter divorce, young Maisie Farange finds herself shuttled between her selfish mother and vain father, who value her only as a means for provoking each other. Maisie—solitary, observant, and wise beyond her years—is drawn into an increasingly entangled adult world of intrigue and sexual betrayal until she is finally compelled to choose her own future. Published in 1897 as Henry James was experimenting with narrative technique and fascinated by the idea of the child’s-eye view, What Maisie Knew is a subtle yet devastating portrayal of an innocent adrift in a corrupt society.
What Maisie Knew

What Maisie Knew

Written by: Henry James, Foreword by: Carroll Cartwright, Foreword by: Nancy Doyne


“Reading Henry James is like putting a new faculty to the test. This is the true morality.”—Anita Brookner

Table of Contents

What Maisie KnewIntroduction by Paul Theroux
A Note on the Text
Preface to the New York Edition

What Maisie Knew