Every once in a while, it's time to forego the best seller list and reach into the past for a good book. So if you're looking for a reason to read (or re-read) a literary classic, the Big City Book Club has chosen Henry James's "Washington Square" as its next selection. The choice is in conjunction with "The Heiress," a 1947 play currently on Broadway.
"James's short, potent novel about a wealthy doctor, his plain daughter and the young man of highly dubious ambitions who comes between them is a classic tale of New York social climbing," says the New York Times, which sponsors the Big City Book Club.
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The current cast of "The Heiress" includes Jessica Chastain, David Straithairn, and Dan Stevens. Oldtimers will recall Olivia DeHavilland, Ralph Richardson and the incomparable Montgomery Clift in the roles.