The Portrait of a Lady (Paperback)

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By Henry James, Jr., Anita Brookner (Introduction by)
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One of the great heroines of American literature, Isabel Archer, journeys to Europe in order to, as Henry James writes in his 1908 Preface, affront her destiny. James began "The Portrait of a Lady" without a plot or subject, only the slim but provocative notion of a young woman taking control of her fate. The result is a richly imagined study of an American heiress who turns away her suitors in an effort to first establish and then protect her independence. But Isabel's pursuit of spiritual freedom collapses when she meets the captivating Gilbert Osmond. James's formidable powers of observation, his stance as a kind of bachelor recorder of human doings in which he is not involved, writes Hortense Calisher, make him a first-class documentarian, joining him to that great body of storytellers who amass what formal history cannot.

About the Author

Anita Brookner is the author of twenty novels, including "Falling Slowly," "Undue Influence," and "Hotel du Lac," which won the Booker Prize. She lives in London.

Praise For…

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375759192
ISBN-10: 0375759190
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: February 12th, 2002
Pages: 640
Language: English
Series: Modern Library Classics (Paperback)