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    Description'One ought to choose something very deliberately, and be faithful to that.' Isabel Archer is a young, intelligent, and spirited American girl, determined to relish her first experience of Europe. She rejects two eligible suitors in her fervent commitment to liberty and independence, declaring that she will never marry. Thanks to the generosity of her devoted cousin Ralph, she is free to make her own choice about her destiny. Yet in the intoxicating worlds of Paris, Florence, and Rome, her fond illusions of self-reliance are twisted by the machinations of her friends and apparent allies. What had seemed to be a vista of infinite promise steadily closes around her and becomes instead a 'house of suffocation'. Considered by many as one of the finest novels in the English language, this is Henry James's most poised achievement, written at the height of his fame in 1881. It is at once a dramatic Victorian tale of betrayal and a wholly modern psychological study of a woman caught in a web of relations she only comes to understand too late. This edition reproduces the revised New York Edition, with James's own Preface. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.


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    Title
    The Portrait of a Lady
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Henry James, Edited by Roger Luckhurst
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 640
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199217946
    ISBN 10: 0199217947
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    LC classification: PS2116 .P6 2009
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    Edition
    9000
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    15 June 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Roger Luckhurst is the author of several books on Victorian literature and culture, and the Gothic and science fiction. He is a regular reviewer and commentator on BBC Radio 4. For OUP his books include The Invention of Telepathy (2002) and The Fin de Siecle: A Reader in Cultural History c. 1880-1900 (2000). For Oxford World's Classics he has edited Late Victorian Gothic Tales and Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.