James was quite the loquacious writer and his command of the English language exceptional. The Portrait of a Lady is considered to be Henry James's most popular work of long fiction, as well as being viewed by most critics as one of his finest. You sink into the book and you breathe the air and feel the life of Isabel Archer and Ralph Touchett, Lord Warburton  and Madam Merle, among the many. Omissions? It offers a shrewd appraisal of the American character and embodies the national myth of freedom and equality hedged … Fine Kindle edition of the classic Henry James story, Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2015. Among one of Henry James’s most timeless works, The Portrait of a Lady is a rich and nuanced depiction of human psychology and the tension between the pull of social norms and the desire for autonomy. Couldn't stop reading it after I got used to the long sentences again. This new edition includes helpful notes on the numerous changes James made between the first edition and the revised New York Edition, reproduced here, an up-to-date bibliography, and a new chronology. Isabel is different. The Portrait of a Lady is considered to be Henry James's most popular work of long fiction, as well as being viewed by most critics as one of his finest. The pace is slow, the unveiling of plot is subtle. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. How many do you know? Yes, there were some that were so badly formatted that I simply removed them from my machine and tried again with another edition or fell back into my never failing method of simply purchasing a good hard copy. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 27, 2018. Corrections? After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. As the story unfolded I was mesmerized by the descriptive way in which he brought out every nuance of his characters or minute details of the surroundings, be it the estate in England or Rome, Italy (the eternal city). It offers a shrewd appraisal of the American character and embodies the national myth of freedom and equality hedged with historical blindness and pride. This novel has always done well, from its first serialized publication in two magazines and then its publication in book form in 1881, it has also been met with lots of critical acclaim. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Text in this version out of order in places. The Portrait of a Lady, novel by Henry James, published in three volumes in 1881. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. To read a 19th Century masterpiece is a very different experience from reading a lot of contemporary literary fiction: you're forced to read deeply. Someone wanting to get this book should therefore consider those free releases as well, and as far as I can tell they will not be disappointed. Please try again. There are other things a woman can do." There was a problem loading your book clubs. The relationship between Isabel and Ralph is one of the most beautiful I have ever read about. She thinks there is more to life than getting married, she doesn't want to settle down before having explored what the world has to offer: "I don't see what harm there is in my wishing not to tie myself. ....This kindle version was mixed up, with sections of the wrong chapter appearing twice ahead of where they should be in the book. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. I highly recommend this work and hope others will not be daunted by the length nor think that the author verbose. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. I am so glad I decided to continue until the end! , and in this case it does appear that those Kindle releases are satisfactorily done (scanning through the reviews here on Amazon to see what comments have been made regarding the Kindle edition) although I do not have them myself.