The Portrait of a Lady (Paperback)Henry James (author), Philip Horne (author of introduction,editor)
When Isabel Archer, a beautiful, spirited American, is brought to Europe by her wealthy aunt Touchett, it is expected that she will soon marry. But Isabel, resolved to enjoy the freedom that her fortune has opened up and to determine her own fate, does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors.
Then she finds herself irresistibly drawn to Gilbert Osmond. Charming and cultivated, Osmond sees Isabel as a rich prize waiting to be taken. Beneath his veneer of civilized behaviour, Isabel discovers cruelty and a stifling darkness.
In this portrait of a 'young woman affronting her destiny', Henry James created one of his most magnificent heroines, and a story of intense poignancy.
This edition of The Portrait of a Lady, based on the earliest published copy of the novel, is the version read first and loved by most readers in James's lifetime.
It also contains a chronology, further reading, notes and an introduction by Philip Horne.
Henry James (1843-1916) son of a prominent theologian, and brother to the philosopher William James, was one of the most celebrated novelists of the fin-de-siecle.
In addition to many short stories, plays, books of criticism, biography and autobiography, and much travel writing, he wrote some twenty novels including Washington Square (1880), The Awkward Age (1899), The Wings of the Dove (1902), The Ambassadors (1903) and The Golden Bowl (1904).
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 768
Weight: 522 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 32 mm
'The Portrait of a Lady is entirely successful in giving one the sense of having met somebody far too radiantly good for this world.' - Rebecca West
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“The Portrait of a Lady”
This book is worth the effort! It's about a lady who is very intelligent and sought-after, who marries the wrong man and suffers her fate. The characters are really believable, its very well written - but is not... More
“The Portrait of a Lady”
My favourite book ever, but it wouldn't have been my choice for Valentine's Day! Isabelle chooses the man who doesn't love her over the man who does and then accepts her fate and sacrifices her chance... More
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