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Topic - The Portrait Of A Lady
''The Portrait of a Lady" was the first true success for Henry James; with it he established his literary reputation. Today it is recognized as one of the great American novels, the link, as author Michael Gorra states, "between George Eliot and Virginia Woolf." As such, the book continues to sell 25,000 copies a year.
Unlike many American beauties of that period who roved the Continent in search of husbands, Isabel declares she is "very fond of my liberty. I wish to choose my fate."