Book report in Portrait of a lady

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Mariano Marcos Memorial High School

2090 Dr. Carreon St. Manila

The Portrait of a Lady: An Analysis

A Project in English III

Submitted by:

AGANAN, Janell Kae D.


Submitted to:

Ms. Hilda C. Presto

7th August 2014


Henry James was born on April 15, 1843 at 2 Washington place, New York City, United States and died on February 28, 1916 at Cheney Walk Chelsea London, England. He is a native-born American and has acquired British citizenship in July 1915. He studied at Harvard Law School. His relatives are Henry James Sr. (father), William James (brother) and Alice James (sister).

James alternated between America and Europe for the first 20 years of his life; eventually he settled in England, becoming a British subject in 1915, one year before his death.

James contributed significantly to literary criticism, particularly in his insistence that writers be allowed the greatest possible freedom in presenting their view of world.

James claimed that a text must first and foremost be realistic and contain a representation of life that is recognizable to its readers. Good novels, to James, show life in action and are, most importantly, interesting.

He is regarded as one of the key figures of 19th century literary realism. He is best known for a number of novels showing Americans encountering Europe and Europeans. His method of writing from the point of view of a character within a tale allows him to explore issues related to consciousness and perception, and his style in later works has been compared to impressionist painting. His imaginative use of point of view, interior monologue and possibly unreliable narrators in his own novels and tales brought a new depth and interest to narrative fiction. An extra ordinarily productive writer, in addition to his voluminous works of fiction he published...