Franklin Library: Portrait of a Lady: Henry James: Italy & England

Franklin Library FULL leather edition of Henry James's "The Portrait of a Lady," Illustrated with Drawings by JOHN SINGER SARGENT, [not part of any series], published in 1983. Bound in a medium gray leather, the book has blue/gray moire silk end leaves, satin book marker, hubbed spine, gold gilding on three edges---in near FINE condition---except for moderate fading to the edges of the moire silk---a reaction to the glue! Henry James, who lived from 1843-1916, was born in New York City, but grew up in Europe and the U.S. He graduated from HARVARD and entered Law School in 1862 but was bored after a year and returned to Europe where he lived for most of his life. " The Portrait of a Lady, " one of James's most popular long novels, is the story of a spirited young American woman, Isabel Archer, who in "confronting her destiny" finds it overwhelming. She inherits a large amount of money and subsequently becomes the victim of Machiavellian scheming by two American expatriates. Like many of James's novels, it is set in Europe, mostly England and Italy. Generally regarded as the masterpiece of James's early period, this novel reflects James's continuing interest in the differences between the New World and the Old , often to the detriment of the former. It also treats in a profound way the themes of personal freedom, responsibility, and ... read more