Portrait of a Lady

by Henry James | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 1566196353 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Kmarie of Tazewell, Virginia USA on 7/1/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by Kmarie from Tazewell, Virginia USA on Thursday, July 1, 2004
Widely regarded as Henry James’s greatest masterpiece, The Portrait of a Lady features one of the author’s most magnificent heroines: Isabel Archer, a beautiful, spirited American who becomes a victim of her provincialism during her travels in Europe.

As the story begins, Isabel, resolved to determine her own fate, has turned down two eligible suitors. Her cousin, who is dying of tuberculosis, secretly gives her an inheritance so that she can remain independent and fulfill a grand destiny, but the fortune only leads her to make a tragic choice and marry Gilbert Osmond, an American expatriate who lives in Florence. Outwardly charming and cultivated, but fundamentally cold and cruel, Osmond only brings heartbreak and ruin to Isabel’s life. Yet she survives as she begins to realize that true freedom means living with her choices and their consequences.

Richly complex and nearly aesthetically perfect, The Portrait of a Lady brilliantly portrays the clash between the innocence and exuberance of the New World and the corruption and wisdom of the Old.


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Sent to a PBS member in Florida. Hope she journals!

Journal Entry 3 by VeganFreak from Homosassa, Florida USA on Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Received from paperbackswap.com. Haven't read it yet. May keep it.

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