The Princess Casamassima


Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

(4.4 stars; 24 reviews)

Princess Casamassima can be read on several levels: first, as a political and social novel, exploring the anarchistic and revolutionary underground of London in the 1880s; secondly as a psychological study of such a movement on a young man (the protagonist, Hyacinth Robinson) who may or may not be descended from the aristocracy, but whose artistic nature shines out in the midst of the London slums; and thirdly, as an examination of the conundrum whether the world of art and culture is necessarily built on the abject poverty of others. The Princess herself started as the beautiful and intelligent American Christina Light in James’s Roderick Hudson but has now come to London to escape the Neapolitan prince to whom she is unhappily married. Yet she and Robinson are only two of a larger set of characters whose commitment to an imagined revolutionary cause may be sincere or many be questionable. As is usual with Henry James, readers will have to make their own judgements. (Nicholas Clifford) (21 hr 34 min)

Chapters

Book First Chapter 01 28:26 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book First Chapter 02 30:50 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book First Chapter 03 30:22 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book First Chapter 04 28:57 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book First Chapter 05 31:15 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book First Chapter 06 21:36 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book First Chapter 07 27:10 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book First Chapter 08 24:18 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book First Chapter 09 24:26 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book First Chapter 10 22:52 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book First Chapter 11 30:29 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Second Chapter 12 31:47 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Second Chapter 13 36:45 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Second Chapter 14 26:45 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Second Chapter 15 42:38 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Second Chapter 16 27:02 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Second Chapter 17 29:10 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Second Chapter 18 14:51 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Second Chapter 19 16:37 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Second Chapter 20 31:03 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Second Chapter 21 42:52 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Third Chapter 22 40:33 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Third Chapter 23 28:11 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Third Chapter 24 30:03 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Third Chapter 25 23:07 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Third Chapter 26 14:58 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Third Chapter 27 26:18 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Third Chapter 28 26:52 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Fourth Chapter 29 25:30 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Fourth Chapter 30 22:49 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Fourth Chapter 31 19:58 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Fourth Chapter 32 26:06 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Fourth Chapter 33 24:03 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Fourth Chapter 34 20:43 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Fourth Chapter 35 28:47 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Fourth Chapter 36 22:18 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Fourth Chapter 37 32:06 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Fifth Chapter 38 40:44 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Fifth Chapter 39 37:42 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Fifth Chapter 40 36:28 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Fifth Chapter 41 35:36 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Fifth Chapter 42 17:50 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Fifth Chapter 43 19:52 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Fifth Chapter 44 32:12 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Fifth Chapter 45 22:14 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Fifth Chapter 46 16:27 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
Book Fifth Chapter 47 22:42 Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)

Reviews

A Surprising Enchanting Story!


(5 stars)

Professor Clifford was born to read Henry James! The Princess Cassmassima is one of James’ most popular books and deservedly so. I thank you LibriVox for giving it to us. Professor Clifford I miss you and you are a great loss to the world and most importantly to us

Ruined by...


(5 stars)

...a review from another website! I was enjoying this book and reached chapter 8 when I ran across several reviews of this book. One of the reviewers gave away the ending without a spoiler alert. I just can’t stay engrossed knowing what is to come. Such a shame!

Stars for the reader only.


(3 stars)

I do not understand this story: why it's title, when it's really about Hyacinth? Why did he do what he did in the end? The reader is excellent, of course, but the story itself confuses me.


(5 stars)

Great reader and book. I understand why some reviewers dissed the book—you have to be able to handle Henry James—but actually this one is simpler and more explicit than most of his novels.


(4 stars)

Not so out of date as one would assume. The same class struggles and personal assumptions about the end of civilization apply right now!

unusual and strange book, with inexplicable actions os some characters


(3.5 stars)

Great book, great reader


(5 stars)

Thank you very much indeed