Henry James and His American Masterpiece

Literary critic Michael Gorra discusses his biography of Henry James told through the lens of his greatest novel, Portrait of a Lady. In Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece tells how Portrait of a Lady—the scandalous story of the expatriate American heiress Isabel Archer—came to be written in the first place, sheds new light on James’s family, the European literary circles in which he made his name.