Date

1971

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Adviser

Frakes, James R.

Abstract

It is the purpose of this study of Henry James's novel What Maisie Knew (1897) to evaluate the evidence leading to a reliable answer to the question that James poses in the title: namely, whether, by the end of the novel, Maisie has retained her innocent character or has become corrupted by the behavior of the adults who comprise her entire world.

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