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The Portrait of a Lady

The Portrait of a Lady

by Henry James

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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.

Videos

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

Images

INTENSITY!

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.

Documents

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.

Other

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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