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
AuthorHenry James
CountryUnited States
PublisherHoughton, Mifflin and Company (Boston)
Publication date
Media typePrint

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.