Henry James was born in New York on April 15, 1843. The most conscientious of artists, his motive for writing lay in the impulse to represent those things in life that roused his own interest and curiosity, making no concession to 'what the public wants'. The Portrait of a Lady, agreed upon as his masterpiece, appeared in 1881 when he was at the height of his powers. He died in London in 1916, aged 72.
Description-Set in Europe, The Portrait of a Lady is the story of a beautiful, strong-willed young American woman, Isabel Archer, who upon her father's death is brought to Europe by her wealthy aunt Mrs Touchett. It is assumed that Isabella will soon marry, but instead the penniless girl inherits a large amount of money and chooses to enjoy her freedom. She turns down two eligible suitors but eventually gets drawn to Gilbert Osmond. Osmond is cultured, charming and a fortune hunter and sees Isabella as a trophy to be coveted ... Would Isabella leave Osmond on realising his decadence or would she succumb to her destiny ?
- Paperback: 704 pages
- Publisher: Prakash Book Depot (October 5, 2015)
- Language: English
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