The Portrait of a Lady

The Portrait of a Lady

By Henry James, Jr.; Colm Toibin (Afterword by); Regina Barreca (Introduction by)

Signet Classics, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780451530523, 617pp.

Publication Date: July 3, 2007

Description
From the author of "Daisy Miller," "The Wings of the Dove," and "The Golden Bowl . . ."
The heroine of this powerful novel, often considered James's greatest work, is the spirited young American Isabel Archer. Blessed by nature and fortune, she journeys to Europe to seek the full realization of her potential or in modern terms, to find herself but what awaits her there may prove to be her undoing. During her journey, wooers vie for her attentions, including an English aristocrat, a perfect American gentleman, and a sensitive expatriate. But it is only after the ingenue falls prey to the schemes of an infinitely sophisticated older woman that her life takes on its true form. With its brilliant interplay of tensions and characters, "The Portrait of a Lady" is a timeless and essential American novel.
With an Introduction by Regina Barreca
and an Afterword by Colm Toibin.


About the Author
Henry James was born the son of a religious philosopher in New York City in 1843. His famous works include The Portrait of a Lady, Washington Square, Daisy Miller, and The Turn of the Screw. He died in London in 1916, and is buried in the family plot in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Colm Toibin is the author of seven novels, including "The Blackwater Lightship;" "The Master", winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; "Brooklyn", winner of the Costa Book Award; and "The Testament of Mary", as well as two story collections. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Toibin lives in Dublin and New York.

REGINA BARRECA, is the author of numerous books, including They Used to Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted, a landmark book on women's humor, and Too Much of a Good Thing Is Wonderful. She is a frequent contributor to the Chicago Tribune and The New York Times and writes a weekly column for The Hartford Courant. A professor at the University of Connecticut, she maintains a heavy speaking schedule throughout the US and Canada,
NICOLE HOLLANDER's Sylvia cartoon strip is syndicated nationally and internationally by Tribune Media Services. Sylvia appears in over 80 newspapers, among them The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit News, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Palm Beach Post, San Francisco Examiner, San Jose Mercury News, and The Seattle Times.