The Portrait of a Lady

The Portrait of a Lady

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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. It is only when she finds herself irresistibly drawn to the cultivated but worthless Gilbert Osmond that she discovers that wealth is a two-edged sword and that there is a price to be paid for independence. With its subtle delineation of American characters in a European setting, "Portrait of a Lady" is one of the most accomplished and popular of Henry James' early novels.
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  • Penguin Books Ltd (Digital)
  • E-Classics
  • United Kingdom
  • 0141882727
  • 9780141882727

About Henry James

Henry James (1843-1916) was born in New York and settled in Europe in 1875. He was a regular contributor of reviews, critical essays, and short stories to American periodicals. He is best known for his many novels of American and European character, including 'The Portrait of a Lady' (1881) and 'The Wings of the Dove' (1902). John Lyon is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Bristol. He has published on the novel and contemporary poetry and edited 'The Sacred Fount' for Penguin.
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