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The Portrait of a Lady

Details

  • 4 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 990 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 1.63 kg

Hardback

 (ISBN-13: 9781107004009)

The Cambridge Edition of the Complete Fiction of Henry James provides, for the first time, a scholarly edition of a major writer whose work continues to be read, quoted, adapted and studied. Widely considered James's first great work of fiction and highly innovative in its narrative techniques, The Portrait of a Lady follows the story of an ardent, idealistic American heroine, Isabel Archer, in a cosmopolitan Europe. It explores individual freedom amidst confining circumstance, romantic choice, and the consequences of disillusionment and betrayal. This edition, based on the most reliable of the work's first book appearances (Macmillan, 1882), provides an authoritative text of one of James's finest long novels, with extensive annotations, a detailed textual history and an analysis of the reasons for its long-held popular appeal. It will be of particular interest not only to James scholars, but also book historians and students of nineteenth-century Anglo-American literature and culture.

• Provides an authoritative text of one of Henry James's finest long novels, which explores themes of personal freedom, responsibility and betrayal • Includes extensive annotations, a detailed textual history and situates the story within its literary, cultural and historical context • One of the first volumes in the new Cambridge Edition of the Complete Fiction of Henry James, to be published in thirty-four volumes

Contents

General editors' preface; General chronology of James' life and writings; Introduction; Textual introduction; Chronology of composition and production; Bibliography; The Portrait of a Lady; Glossary of foreign words and phrases; Notes; Textual variants; List of emendations; Appendices.

Review

'It is extraordinary how little attention has been given to James's texts, other than by James himself, and this is what the thirty-four volumes of CFHJ [The Cambridge Edition of the Complete Fiction of Henry James] set out to correct.' Frances Wilson, The Times Literary Supplement

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