The Portrait of a Lady

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Seeking the opportunities of Europe, Isabel Archer, a young American, is courted by three men, comes to rely on a invalid cousin, an falls prey to a scheming, sophisicated older woman *Author: James, Henry/ Bamberg, Robert D. (EDT) *Series Title: Norton Critical Editions *Subtitle: An Authoritative Text Henry James and the Novel Reviews and Criticism *Publication Date: 1995/09/01 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.50

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Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Mfg Part# 9780393966466
SKU 30440113
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0393966461
Release Date 4/10/2007
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.25L x 1.25T
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Henry James
Henry James was born into a wealthy Irish-American family who settled mainly in New York City's Greenwich Village and in Albany, New York, but lived and traveled extensively in Europe while Henry was growing up. Educated at a variety of schools in the U.S. and abroad, Henry spent a year at Harvard Law School, which he loathed, and used his time haunting the library and attending James Russell Lowell's lectures at Harvard College. Soon after, he began publishing short stories and reviews. When he was in his late teens, he spent much of his time on his own in Europe--chiefly England, France, and (his favorite) Italy--and, as he approached his 30s he became a virtual resident of Europe, returning to the U.S. only for brief periods. James became increasingly successful, wealthy, and respected as a writer of fiction and as a critic; his brilliantly insightful prefaces to his novels have influenced many writers. His attempts to write plays were all sad failures: To be a successful dramatist was a lifelong dream for James, but he seemed to lack the ability to dramatize action anywhere but on the printed page. In 1896 he settled at Lamb House, in Sussex, where he lived until his death in 1916. Reactions to James's work range from scorn and impatience (H. G. Wells called him "a hippopotamus resolved at any cost...upon picking up a pea") to reverence. Despite his increasing mannered and challenging style, James's work endures as great literature because of his humane sensibility, his insight into American and European culture, his moral clarity, his delicate wit, and the lucid subtlety of his language.
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Annotation "The mere slim shade of an intelligent but presumptuous girl...a certain young woman affronting her destiny" is how Henry James describes his first perception of Isabel Archer, who grew into one of his most magnificent heroines. An American heiress newly arrived in Europe, Isabel does not look to a man to furnish her with her destiny; instead she desires, with grace and courage, to find it herself. Two eligible suitors approach her and are refused. She then becomes utterly captivated by the languid charms of Gilbert Osmond. To him, she represents a superior prize worth at least 70 thousand pounds; through him, she faces a tragic choice. The greatest of the novels of James's early period, PORTRAIT OF A LADY was deeply influenced by both Turgenev and George Eliot.
First Line Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.
Editors Note Seeking the opportunities of Europe, Isabel Archer, a young American, is courted by three men, comes to rely on a invalid cousin, an falls prey to a scheming, sophisicated older woman.
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Book Format Paperback
Edition 0002
Number of Pages 0800
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company

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