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The Portrait of a Lady

The Portrait of a Lady


by Henry James

The Portrait of a Lady Resources

Movie or TV Productions

The Portrait of a Lady (1996)

Jane Campion’s star-studded 1996 film takes some very contemporary twists – it’s a must see. Starring Nicole Kidman, John Malkovich, Barbara Hershey, Mary-Louise Parker, Aragorn, and Batman… er, sorry, Viggo Mortensen and Christian Bale.

The Portrait of a Lady (1968, TV)

Made-for-TV BBC version, in six episodes.


Or rather, Malkovich vs. Kidman. Very intense scene from the 1996 film.



The very serious 1996 movie poster.

The real Isabel?...

Here’s a famous John Singer Sargent portrait of a real-life lady, Isabella Stewart Gardner, the possible inspiration for our Miss Archer.


SO COOL. Original magazine edition of Portrait of a Lady.

The Cornell University Library provides an online version of the original text of Portrait of a Lady, as printed in the Atlantic Monthly in 1880 – definitely check this out.

More early editions…

Many, many scanned copies of James first editions – including volume 2 of Portrait.


Everything you’ll ever need to link to about Henry James…

This page, the Henry James Scholar’s Guide to Web Sites is, well, exactly what it claims to be.

A little morbidity…

James’s grave and brief bio at findagrave.com – a little creepy, but interesting nonetheless.

The Ladder

A great, very comprehensive all-James, all-the-time website.

Life of James

A timeline of James’s life, courtesy of the U.K. newspaper The Guardian.

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