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The Portrait of a Lady

Part of The Cambridge Edition of the Complete Fiction of Henry James

  • Date Published: May 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107004009


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  • 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
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '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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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107004009
    • length: 990 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 158 x 61 mm
    • weight: 1.63kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

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

  • Author

    Henry James


    Michael Anesko, Pennsylvania State University
    Michael Anesko is Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University, where he has taught since 1993. The recipient of several prestigious academic fellowships, including those from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History, he is the author of four books, the most recent of which, Monopolizing the Master: Henry James and the Politics of Modern Literary Scholarship, was published in 2012.

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