“Michael Gorra’s wise and worldly new critical edition of James’s first masterpiece will help readers of all persuasions appreciate The Portrait of a Lady as a brilliant experiment in the art of the novel; as a landmark in the emergence of American literature; and as an open-ended, quietly terrifying meditation on American identity in its encounter with the world.” Mary Loeffelholz, Northeastern University
This Norton Critical Edition includes:
• The New York Edition of the novel, accompanied by Michael Gorra’s introduction and explanatory footnotes.
• Background and contextual materials centering on James as a writer, The Portrait of a Lady in revision, and reviews of the novel by James’s contemporaries.
• Seven important critical essays, chosen for their accessibility.
• A Chronology and Suggestions for Further Reading.
About the Series
Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part formatannotated text, contexts, and criticismhelps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.
About the Author
The author of Portrait of Novel, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Michael Gorra is the Mary Augusta Jordan Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College and the editor of the Norton Critical Editions of As I Lay Dying and The Sound and the Fury.
Date of Birth:April 15, 1843
Date of Death:February 28, 1916
Place of Birth:New York, New York
Place of Death:London, England
Education:Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63