The Portrait of a Lady Author:Henry James Henry James's most popular novel, The Portrait of a Lady, first appeared serially in The Atlantic monthly in 1880 and 1881 and was written during the most creative period of James's life. (He also completed Daisy Miller, Wahington Square, and The Europeans around the same time.) Featuring a colorful cast of charcters, both American and Europea... more »n, The Portrain of a Lady also touches on many of the great writer's favorite themes, especially the differences betwee European and American cultures and attitudes.
Here Isabel Archer of Albany, New York, is visiting her aunt and uncle in England when the uncle dies suddenly - and Isabel discovers she is his heir. Newly wealthy, she travels to the continent with her aunt and Mandame Merle, a mysterious American who introduces Isabel to the expatriate Englishman who will become her husband, Gilbert Osmond. (Isabel has turned down proposals from two far more suitable gentlemen.) But when Isabel discovers a secret connection between Madame Merle and Osmond, will she save herself or give in to compromise and duty?« less