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The Open Door by Elizabeth Maguire.pdf

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Descriptions : The story is the journey not the destination Or so the philosophers say But this is my story and it has a beginning a middle and an end br br The Open Door is a luminous and profoundly moving novel inspired by the life of Constance Feni Woolson one of the most widely read and respected American authors of the nineteenth century Exploring themes of passion life death friendship and art the novel is a vivid evocation of the complex forces behind literary creation br br After years of supporting her mother and a hapless brother through her writing Constance finds herself in early middle age hungry ravenous to see and live as much as possible She sails for Europe with a letter of introduction to Henry James the writer she admires above all others Constance is intoxicated by Europe Italy in particular and she and James eventually meet in Florence James is delighted by this highly intelligent independent woman whom he dubs Feni as a sign of his esteem and makes her his confidante For her part Constance finds with James the unequalled joy of never running out of things to say br br Constances courageous open nature is odds with Jamess secretive one and inevitably leads to friction transgression and revenge both private and public Elegantly conceived and life affirming The Open Door is an unforgettable portrait of a remarkable woman who lived with passion and refused to accept the narrowing of her world

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