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Portrait of a Novel
Author: Gorra

ISBN: 9780871404084
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 27 August 2012
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 16.8 x 3.5

Massive biographies and critical tomes have been written about the life and literature of great American novelist, Henry James (1843-1916), the progenitor of the modern novel. From R. W. B. Lewis to Leon Edel, the library of great criticism devoted to James's fiction, which included such classics as The Ambassadors and The Turn of the Screw, is formidable. But now, Michael Gorra, one of America's most eminent literary critics, takes a far more dramatic approach, combining elements of biography, criticism, memoir and travel writing in recreating the back story behind James's deepest and most popular novel, The Portrait of a Lady, first published in 1881. Even today, 25,000 copies are sold every year of the James masterpiece, which underscores its continuing popularity and relevance. The Portrait of a Lady depicts the travails of the headstrong American heiress, Isabel Archer, as she travels through Europe, pursued by European suitors and American expatriates who seek her money. Gorra's new and astonishing accomplishment is the creation of a detective story, uncovering how this novel came to ...

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