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The Portrait of A Lady

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The Portrait of A Lady
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Penguin Putnam
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.



Authors: James, Henry, 1843-1916
Statement of Responsibility: Henry James ; edited with an introduction by Geoffrey Moore and notes by Patricia Crick
Title: The portrait of a lady
Publisher: London, England ; New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, c2003
Characteristics: 656 p. ; 19 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 654-656)
Subject Headings: Archer, Isabel (Fictitious character) Fiction Triangles (Interpersonal relations) Fiction Inheritance and succession Fiction Fathers and daughters Fiction Americans Italy Fiction Married women Fiction Italy Fiction
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Love stories
Topical Term: Archer, Isabel (Fictitious character)
Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
Inheritance and succession
Fathers and daughters
Americans
Married women
LCCN: 2003279060
ISBN: 0141439637
9780141439631
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC J
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Mar 27, 2012
  • haploU5 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An engaging look at a self-possessed, strong-willed, 19th century woman’s aversion to marriage and consequent loss of identity that seems to be irrevocably intertwined. Treasuring her independence, she visits her grand aunt in Europe and manages to ward off several attractive proposals while absorbing a new culture and making new friends. As she is enjoying her independence, she is innocently coerced into a web of deceit and betrayal that leads her to a great moral struggle that may ultimatley cost her everything.
Truly eloquent; what a pleasurable read!

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