The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

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The story centres on Isabel Archer, an attractive American whom circumstances have brought to Europe. Isabel refuses the offer of marriage to an English peer and to a bulldog-like New Englander, to fall victim to a worthless and spiteful man, who marries her for her fortune and ruins her life.

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The 60th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 2nd on D. G. Myers’ 50 Greatest English Language Novels (D. G. Myers)
  2. - 4th on The Greatest 20th Century Novels (Waterstone)
  3. - 4th on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  4. - 7th on For The Love of Books (For The Love of Books)
  5. - 27th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  6. - 29th on The 100 Greatest Novels (
  7. - 30th on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
  8. - 35th on Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels (Radcliffe Publishing Course)
  9. - 41st on The Top 10: The Greatest Books of All Time (The Top 10 (Book))
  10. - 43rd on 100 Essential Books (Bravo! Magazine)
  11. - 50 Greatest Books of All Time (Globe and Mail)
  12. - Masterpieces of World Literature (Frank N. Magill)
  13. - Finest Works of Fiction (Martin Seymour-Smith and Editors)
  14. - How to Read and Why (Harold Bloom)
  15. - 100 Life-Changing Books (National Book Award)
  16. - 110 Best Books: The Perfect Library (The Telegraph)
  17. - The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written (Easton Press)
  18. - The College Board: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers (

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