The Portrait of a Lady (Paperback)

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By Henry James, Patricia Crick (Notes by)
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Portrait of a Lady by Henry James is a sublimely written novel. Isabel is
invited to Europe by her aunt.  A beautiful young woman of means, she runs
wild, relishing her independence.  She attracts the attention of two
desirable suitors but spurns them vowing to remain free.  Too bad she did
not stick to her guns.  Instead she falls for the charms of a bounder
interested only in getting his hands on her fortune.  They marry and move
to glorious Rome but the relationship sours.  He was not interested in the
woman, only the money.  Isabel forms an attachment for her husband’s
daughter, but even in this wholesome relationship treachery lurks.  The
writing is absolutely splendid.

— Deon Stonehouse

Isabel is invited to Europe by her aunt.  A beautiful young woman of means, she runs wild, relishing her independence.  She attracts the attention of two attractive suitors but spurns them vowing to remain free.  Too bad she did not stick to her guns.  Isabel falls for the charms of a bounder interested only in getting his hands on her fortune.  They marry and move to glorious Rome but the relationship sours.  He was not interested in the woman, only the money.  Isabel forms an attachment for her husband’s daughter, but even in this wholesome relationship treachery lurks.  The writing is absolutely sublime.

— Deon Stonehouse

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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 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.



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Product Details
ISBN: 9780141439631
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: September 30th, 2003
Pages: 656