The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James audiobook

The Portrait of a Lady

By Henry James
Read by Wanda McCaddon

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200135738

  • ISBN: 9798200135721

  • ISBN: 9798200135745

Runtime: 21.53 Hours
Category: Fiction/Classics
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

O Magazine Pick of 25 Books Every Woman Should Read in Her Lifetime

The Portrait of a Lady is the most stunning achievement of Henry James's early period—in the 1860s and '70s, when he was transforming himself from a talented young American into a resident of Europe, a citizen of the world, and one of the greatest novelists of modern times. A kind of delight at the success of this transformation informs this masterpiece. When Isabel Archer, a young American woman with looks, wit, and imagination, arrives in Europe, she sees the world as "a place of brightness, of free expression, of irresistible action." She turns aside from suitors who offer her their wealth and devotion to follow her own path. But that way leads to disillusionment and a future as constricted as "a dark narrow alley with a dead wall at the end." In one of the most moving conclusions in modern fiction, Isabel makes her final choice.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The Portrait of a Lady is entirely successful in giving one the sense of having met somebody far too radiantly good for this world.” Rebecca West, British author, journalist, and literary critic
Wanda McCaddon's distinguished British accent provides a smooth narration of one of Henry James's most-loved novels. AudioFile
“How did this nineteenth-century male writer create Isabel Archer, one of the most intriguing women characters in all of literature, capturing her journey from buoyant but naïve girl to wiser, more compassionate grown-up? Henry James was an American-born genius, in love with Europe, and fascinated by the interaction of the Old World (Europe) and the New (America). Where these sensibilities clashed, James found drama, wisdom, tenderness. Few write about the path from openhearted to slightly more seasoned than this master stylist.” O, The Oprah Magazine

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Author Bio: Henry James

Author Bio: Henry James

Henry James (1843–1916), American novelist, short-story writer, and man of letters, was born in Washington Place, New York, to a family of distinguished philosophers and theologians. He attended schools in New York, Boston, and throughout Europe, where he later settled. A major figure in the history of the novel, he is celebrated as a master craftsman who brought his great art and impeccable technique to bear in the development of abiding moral themes.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 21.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English