The Portrait of a Lady

By Henry James

ISBN: 9781847495754

400 pages

RRP: £5.59

Contains the Preface to the 1908 Edition

Having travelled from her native New York to London to meet her relatives, Isabel Archer, a young, independently minded young woman, rejects the marriage proposals of two suitors in her determination to stay in control of her destiny. When she suddenly comes into a large legacy, Isabel believes that this windfall will finally ensure the freedom that she yearns for and embarks on an exhilarating journey through France and Italy, only to find her endeavours thwarted by the sinister plotting of some of her acquaintances.

Considered by many to be Henry James’s finest novel, The Portrait of a Lady is a subtle examination of Victorian society and power relations, providing a groundbreaking psychological study of its protagonist. This volume is based on the authoritative New York Edition, and includes the author’s seminal preface. It includes an extensive critical apparatus, extra reading material including a section of photographs and notes.

Part of Alma Classics Evergreens Series


  • Henry James’s great, humane masterpiece.

    Hermione Lee

Henry James

Henry James (1843–1916) was a British-based American author, whose realist novels exploring the consciousness of his characters paved the way for the modernist fiction of the 1920s.