Oxford University Press, 1984, Hardcover, Book Condition: Good, Dust Jacket Condition: No, The Franklin Library, Illustrated By: John Singer Sargent
One of the great heroines of American literature, Isabel Archer, journeys to Europe in order to, as Henry James writes in his 1908 Preface, "affront her destiny." James began The Portrait of a Lady without a plot or subject, only the slim but provocative notion of a young woman taking control of her fate. The result is a richly imagined study of an American heiress who turns away her suitors in an effort to first establish-and then protect-her independence. But Isabel's pursuit of spiritual freedom collapses when she meets the captivating Gilbert Osmond. "James's formidable powers of observation, his stance as a kind of bachelor recorder of human doings in which he is not involved," writes Hortense Calisher, "make him a first-class documentarian, joining him to that great body of storytellers who amass what formal history cannot." Marbled end papers. Book has been in storage for eight years (as of 2021) so there is some dust around exteriors. Marbled end-papers Size: 180mm - 250mm. 565 pages. Edges are coated in gilt. Covers have some shelf-wear, as well as some bumping to corners & extremities. Illustrator: John Singer Sargent. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Fiction; United States; Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 14808.