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Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece

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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.

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

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Chosen as one of the "10 Books to Read for 2013" by msn.com.

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

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Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award: Biography One of the Best Books of 2012: A revelatory biography of the American master as told through the lens of his greatest novel.

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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, (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 and McCullough's , provides a brilliant account of the greatest American novel of expatriate life ever written. It becomes a piercing detective story on its own.

About the Author

Michael Gorra is the Mary Augusta Jordan Professor of English at Smith College, where he has taught since 1985. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation and, for his work as a reviewer, of the Balakian Award from the National Book Critics Circle. His books include The Bells in Their Silence: Travels through Germany; After Empire: Scott, Naipaul, Rushdie; The English Novel at Mid-Century; and, as editor, The Portable Conrad. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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ISBN:
9780871404084
Author:
Gorra, Michael
Publisher:
Liveright Publishing Corporation
Author:
Gorra, Michael
Subject:
American
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 illustrations
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Synopsis" by , A revelatory biography of the American master as told through the lens of his greatest novel.
"Synopsis" by , Chosen as one of the "10 Books to Read for 2013" by msn.com.

A revelatory biography of the American master as told through the lens of his greatest novel.
"Synopsis" by , Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize Finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award: Biography One of the Best Books of 2012: A revelatory biography of the American master as told through the lens of his greatest novel.
"Synopsis" by , 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, (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 and McCullough's , provides a brilliant account of the greatest American novel of expatriate life ever written. It becomes a piercing detective story on its own.
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