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Portrait of a novel : Henry James and the making of an American masterpiece

Author: Michael Edward Gorra
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2013. ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Henry James; Henry James; Henry James
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Edward Gorra
ISBN: 9780871406705 0871406705
OCLC Number: 881421025
Awards: Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award (Biography), 2012.
Finalist, Pulitzer Prize, 2013.
Target Audience: Tertiary/Undergraduate, General.
Description: xxiv, 385 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: part 1. A preparation for culture --
part 2. The marriage plot --
part 3. Italian journeys --
part 4. Sex and serials, the continent and the critics --
part 5. Putting out the lights.
Other Titles: Henry James and the making of an American masterpiece
Responsibility: Michael Gorra.

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"Michael Gorra...has pulled off an astounding feat...in this impressive study...Gorra goes anywhere that strikes his fancy, and the result is splendid: a book to reread in years to come, a model for Read more...

 
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