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The Portrait of a Lady (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 5 Mar 1998

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; New edition edition (5 Mar. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192833693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192833693
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 476,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Excellent and responsible editing of a crucial text in American literature."--E.N. Feltskog, University of Wisconsin

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When Isabel Archer, a young American woman with looks, wit, and imagination, arrives in Europe, she sees the world as 'a place of brightness, of free expression, of irresistible action'. She turns aside from suitors who offer her their wealth and devotion to follow her own path. But that way leads to disillusionment and a future as constricted as 'a dark narrow alley with a dead wall at the end'. In a conclusion that is one of the most moving in modern fiction, Isabel makes her final choice. "The Portrait of a Lady" is the masterpiece of James's middle period, and Isabel is perhaps his most engaging central character. This edition provides a challenging new introduction and detailed notes; the text is that of the New York Edition and includes Henry James's own Preface.



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