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  • This subtle, beautifully constructed study of an attractive, intelligent, spirited young woman's transition from insouciance to enlightenment is a classic. Passion, intrigue, betrayal - it sounds like a potboiler, but James's observations of Victorian manners, understanding of human nature and exquisite prose elevate it to another league

  • The Portrait of a Lady is entirely successful in giving one the sense of having met somebody far too radiantly good for this world

    Rebecca West
  • Subtle and sophisticated and concerned with psychological nuance and social acceptability

    Joanna Trollope
  • James is the master of making what is not said the most important thing on the page

    Kate Atkinson
  • I read Portrait of a Lady by Henry James maybe once a year. I just love the story. I love the pace of it

    Colm Toibin

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