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Portrait of a Novel

Henry James And The Making Of An American Masterpiece

By Michael Edward Gorra

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
Finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award: Biography
One of the Best Books of 2012: The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Guardian, The Millions, Kirkus Reviews, Boston Phoenix


A revelatory biography of the American master as told through the lens of his greatest novel.

A revelatory biography of the American master as told through the lens of his greatest 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, an eminent literary critic, shows how this novel—the scandalous story of the expatriate American heiress Isabel Archer—came to be written in the first place. Traveling to Florence, Rome, Paris, and England, Gorra sheds new light on James’s family, the European literary circles—George Eliot, Flaubert, Turgenev—in which James made his name, and the psychological forces that enabled him to create this most memorable of female protagonists. Appealing to readers of Menand’s The Metaphysical Club and McCullough’s The Greater Journey, Portrait of a Novel provides a brilliant account of the greatest American novel of expatriate life ever written. It becomes a piercing detective story on its own. 10 illustrations 10 illustrations

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Format: Book
Author: Gorra, Michael Edward
Title: Portrait of a novel : Henry James and the making of an American masterpiece / Michael Gorra.
Publisher Date: New York : Liveright Pub. Corporation, c2012.
Subject: James, Henry, 1843-1916. James, Henry, 1843-1916. Portrait of a lady. Authors, American -- 19th century -- Biography Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography American fiction -- European influences
Isbn: 9780871404084 (hardcover) 0871404087 (hardcover)
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Call Number: B James
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Format: Book
Author: Gorra, Michael Edward
Title: Portrait of a novel : Henry James and the making of an American masterpiece / Michael Gorra.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Liveright Pub. Corporation, c2012.
Description: xxiv, 385 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Subjects: James, Henry, 1843-1916.
Subjects: James, Henry, 1843-1916. Portrait of a lady.
Subjects: Authors, American -- 19th century -- Biography
Subjects: Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography
Subjects: American fiction -- European influences
Other Title: Henry James and the making of an American masterpiece
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN: 2012013838
ISBN: 9780871404084 (hardcover)
ISBN: 0871404087 (hardcover)
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Available Copies: 2
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Call Number: B James