By Henry James
Seemed via many as Henry James's best paintings, and a lucid tragedy exploring the space among cash and happiness, The Portrait of a Lady includes an creation via Philip Horne in Penguin Classics. whilst Isabel Archer, a stunning, lively American, is dropped at Europe by way of her prosperous aunt Touchett, it really is anticipated that she is going to quickly marry. yet Isabel, resolved to benefit from the freedom that her fortune has unfolded and to figure out her personal destiny, doesn't hesitate to show down eligible suitors. Then she unearths herself irresistibly interested in Gilbert Osmond. fascinating and cultivated, Osmond sees Isabel as a wealthy prize ready to be taken. underneath his veneer of civilized behaviour, Isabel discovers cruelty and a stifling darkness. during this portrait of a 'young lady affronting her destiny', Henry James created one among his most luxurious heroines, and a narrative of severe poignancy.
This variation of The Portrait of a Lady, in line with the earliest released reproduction of the unconventional, is the model learn first and enjoyed by means of so much readers in James's lifetime. It additionally encompasses a chronology, additional interpreting, notes and an advent via Philip Horne.
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