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Nov 15, 2022
| ISBN 9780143137320
Nov 15, 2022
| ISBN 9780593511275
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Nov 15, 2022 | ISBN 9780143137320
Nov 15, 2022 | ISBN 9780593511275
Henry James’s beloved masterpiece, now in a beautiful hardcover edition featuring James’s groundbreaking essay “The Art of Fiction,” with a foreword by acclaimed novelist Brandon Taylor A Penguin Vitae EditionThe Portrait of a Lady is regarded by many as Henry James’s finest work, and a lucid tragedy exploring the distance between money and happiness. 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 behavior, 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.
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 determine her own fate, does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors. She then finds herself irresistibly drawn to Gilbert Osmond, who, beneath his veneer of charm and cultivation, is cruelty itself. A story of intense poignancy, Isabel’s tale of love and betrayal still resonates with modern audiences.
Henry James was born on April 15, 1843, on Washington Place in New York to the most intellectually remarkable of American families. His father, Henry James Sr., was a brilliant and eccentric religious philosopher; his brother was one of the… More about Henry James
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