The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

The Portrait of a Lady

byHenry James

Kobo ebook | June 26, 2007

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Capturing the grandeur of a gracious, splendid Europe of wealth and Old World sensibilities, this glorious, complex novel has become a touchstone for a great writer’s entire literary achievement. From the opening pages, when the high-spirited American girl Isabel Archer arrives at the English manor Gardencourt, James’s luminous, superbly crafted prose creates an atmosphere of intensity, expectation, and incomparable beauty.

Isabel, who has been taken abroad by an eccentric aunt to fulfill her potential, attracts the passions of a British aristocrat and a brash American, as well as the secret adoration of her invalid cousin, Ralph Touchett. But her vulnerability and innocence lead her not to love but to a fatal entrapment in intrigue, deception, and betrayal. This brilliant interior drama of the forming of a woman’s consciousness makes The Portrait of a Lady a masterpiece of James’s middle years.

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Henry James, American novelist and literary critic, was born in 1843 in New York City. Psychologist-philosopher William James was his brother. By the age of 18, he had lived in France, England, Switzerland, Germany, and New England. In 1876, he moved to London, having decided to live abroad permanently. James was a prolific writer; his...
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Title:The Portrait of a LadyFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 26, 2007Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0553903977

ISBN - 13:9780553903973

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay read I understand that this is a classic for many reasons but dang, it is so slow paced, it is hard to work through. Reading should be enjoyable, this is just work.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great classic read! It was a wonderful read, that took me a month to get through. The book had good character development and plot. Recommend this if you want a good classic.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow but Good This is a slow paced classic that builds to a powerful climax, very different than most popular books written today. Dry in places, but a deep analysis of character and society. Worth the effort.
Date published: 2017-01-24