Portrait of Jennie Author:Robert Nathan On the Mall in Central Park, one winter twilight, Eben Adams saw her for the first time. Hungry, discouraged, he was trudging homeward to his cheap furnished room, a portfolio of sketches under his arm. He stopped and spoke to her quietly, kindly, as one would to an engaging child; she slipped her hand into his, and together grown man and smal... more »l girl walked down the path into the gathering dusk.
Thus casually began a friendship which was soon to engross the very centers of Eben Adams' being, to lead him to a mastery and a success for which he had hardly dared hope, to give him a knowledge of the hidden way of life such as comes to few. For Robert Nathan, with perception more keen and insight more delicate than ever before, has here written a story whose implications reach out to horizons beyond the experience of our ordinary workday lives. His book is at once the heartwarming story of a gifted artist and a lovely, sensitive woman, and a firm statement of faith in the goodness and purpose of life. It is one of the most beautiful love stories of our day.« less
I grabbed this on a whim as I recognized the title from a film. Not that I saw it, but I recognized it. Here is another book, long since fallen into undeserved obscurity, to which no film can attempt to do justice. It's a fantasy, a day dream, a mystery, all in one as Jennie (like Dorian Gray;s portrait) ages considerably at each encounter with a down-and-out artist. She is his muse; his sketches of her and her portrait bring him fame, but not love. Don't miss this one!