The Portrait of a Lady

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The Portrait of a Lady  
The Portrait of a lady cover.jpg
American first edition cover
Author Henry James
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Houghton, Mifflin and Company (Boston)
Release date 1881
Media type Print

The Portrait of a Lady is a novel by Henry James. It was published in parts (serialization) in 1880-1881. It was published as a book in the United States by Houghton, Mifflin in 1881.

It tells the story of a rich young American woman, Isabel Archer. She is exploited by the scheming Madame Merle and her friend Gilbert Osmond. Isabel weds Osmond and finds herself in a loveless marriage.

The book was a great success. It is thought one of James's finest works. The story has been adapted to a BBC television program and to a movie starring Nicole Kidman.