Portrait of A Novel

Henry James and the Making of An American Masterpiece

Gorra, Michael Edward

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Portrait of A Novel
Henry James (1843-1916) has had many biographers but Michael Gorra has taken an original approach to this great American progenitor of the modern novel, combining elements of biography, criticism and travelogue in re-creating the dramatic backstory of James's masterpiece, Portrait of a Lady (1881).?Gorra shows how this scandalous story came to be written. Travelling to Italy, France and England, he sheds new light on James's family, the European literary circles of George Eliot, Flaubert and Turgenev in which James made his name, and the psychological forces that enabled him to create the most memorable female protagonist. A piercing detective story, Portrait of a Novel provides a brilliant account of the greatest American novel of expatriate life ever written.

Publisher: New York : Liveright Pub. Corporation, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0871404087
Branch Call Number: 813.4 J27g 2012
Characteristics: xxiv, 385 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm


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An elegant and enlightening book that brings together the complicated life of a great author and the evolution of his great novel, "The Portrait of a Lady." (Pulitzer Prize citation)

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