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Is this feature helpful? Thank you for your feedback. Read reviews that mention henry james portrait of a lady isabel archer lord warburton gilbert osmond madame merle henrietta stackpole ralph touchett mrs touchett young american living in florence new york young woman caspar goodwood cousin ralph american woman english language mary whipple edward rosier must read.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This is truly a masterpiece of literature and was a pleasure to read and listen to as performed by Alicia Johnson. James was quite the loquacious writer and his command of the English language exceptional. 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.

The protagonist of the work is a young American, Isabel Archer, who being educated or accomplished wants so much more out of life than being someone's wife, she longs to see the world, experience new things and a visit from an Aunt who resides in England but spends most of her time abroad is persuaded to accompany her. Isabel impresses her rich Uncle and his son with her independent nature and more than amuses them with their discourses, they conspire to make it possible for her dreams to come true.

Even good intentions can go awry as Isabel will eventually come to know. The novel is rife with deceptions, and Isabel will have to make choices. I highly recommend this work and hope others will not be daunted by the length nor think that the author verbose. It's embarrassing that I've reached a mature age without ever having read anything by Henry James. What an incredible book! To read a 19th Century masterpiece is a very different experience from reading a lot of contemporary literary fiction: The pace is slow, the unveiling of plot is subtle.

James writes exquisite sentences: I almost wished I could read with my eyes closed so that I could let his vision overtake me. I did not want to like her, but she is an irresistible force, and once you've been introduced, you'll never want to forget her or this book. The stories of Henry James can be obtained in a very great variety of editions, both printed and e-book, and at very low prices since most of them perhaps all of them? In fact, many can be obtained here on Amazon as free Kindle editions. I have personally had mixed experience with free or very low priced Kindle books, finding that at times they are poorly formatted, they may or may not include tables of contents and the ability to go directly to one chapter or another, and in some cases they have been made from scanned editions and contain errors in the text.

They also generally omit any explanatory information on the author, publisher or copyright details when first published, etc. 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. It is available on Amazon for free and separated into two volumes: 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.

For myself I am generally very willing to pay a modest price for an edition that is well made and does have those features mentioned, and in particular to get an edition that is properly formatted for the Kindle and is free of text and editing errors. This edition is very inexpensively priced it is selling for 99 cents here on Amazon as I write this review , and is very well produced for the Kindle.

It includes Henry James own preface to the novel, and the complete text of the novel in two volumes.


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It does not include the glossary or notes frequently included in printed editions. Also worth mentioning is that this novel, The Portrait of a Lady, exists in two different versions, both prepared by the author.


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The New York Edition, extensively revised by James, was released in and is the version presented here in this Kindle edition. The free Kindle editions mentioned above also use the New York Edition.

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For discussions regarding the story itself I would suggest taking a look at the many detailed reviews posted to this book elsewhere on Amazon, particularly the following listing which has the greatest number of reviews and would likely be most informative and helpful: The Portrait of a Lady Penguin Classics A high quality hardcover edition of this novel is included in the following Library of America volume: Those wishing for a more scholarly and complete treatment of the novel, with contemporary reviews of the novel, essays and critical analyses, and biographical information: The Portrait of a Lady Norton Critical Editions As a final comment, the publisher of this Kindle edition, Open Road Media, is doing an excellent job in releasing classic novels and stories in new editions that are professionally edited and adapted for the Kindle, all priced very affordably, and I think they deserve thanks for doing so.

I have quite a few of their Kindle releases, and they are without exception very well done. If I find myself looking for a Kindle edition to a book, and I am presented with a variety of choices that includes a version from this company, I feel that I can select their edition with confidence. See all reviews. See all customer images. Most recent customer reviews. A classic Victorian saga of love and loss.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle edition is not the same as popular paperback in at least one of them. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. There are two Amazon pages for the Signet Classics title. The one with the smaller text for book type boxes with prices - Hardback, Paperback, etc. The other Amazon page has much larger text for the book types and that Kindle download and presumably the popular paperback versions there are the original edition.

The version was written when James was supposedly more of an "idealist," so to speak. James was much later asked to prepare an edition to please an American audience and that came out in I've found from downloading Kindle editions from both that the only way to know which is which is by the size of the text boxes showing the book type and prices, as I mentioned.

If one has the two versions in hand, a sure way to tell is right before the end of the last chapter, 55, in the paragraph that starts, "He glared at her There are many other differences between the two. Some prefer the later version, I chose this paperback, in spite of it being harder to read a more crunch text, because I do not. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I read Portrait along time ago when I was young lady. I loved reading it the second time around. Once you get past the sentence structure you're on your way. The book is brilliantly plotted - the themes in Portrait are both profound and universal.

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One person found this helpful. This is not a page-turner. It is not action-packed, not a thriller. But it is exceptionally well written, full of delightful conversations among a variety of fully drawn characters, notably, the lady of the title, Isabel Archer, who is full of surprises. The novel itself ends with several surprises that enchanted me. I know it's a classic, but writing was pretentious, overwrought, and the main character self-indulgent and boring Gave up halfway through.

Prepare to get out your reading glasses small print but a value and compact size is perfect for a laptop bag, purse, or pocket. This has become one of my favorite novels. I have a special spot for Isabel Archer in my heart because she is such a dynamic character a subtle way- very cerebral novel. Whenever I hear the critique "nothing happens in this story," I cringe because so much happens, but it's mostly internal action rather than overt stunts. A wonderful classic with prose and a storyline that could have been written yesterday.

One of the most beautifully written, psychologically refined novels. Like most of James' work, it's a ghost story, ha ute and haunting. See all 32 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published 29 days ago. Published 1 month ago. Published 7 months ago. Published 8 months ago. Published 11 months ago. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway.

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