Why I Still Teach 'Portrait of a Lady'

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Tim Foley for the Chronicle Review

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Tim Foley for the Chronicle Review

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Tim Foley for the Chronicle Review

At the beginning of Henry James's 1881 masterpiece The Portrait of a Lady, James describes his heroine's beauty as so rarefied that the hoi polloi would miss it. "Nineteen persons out of twenty," James writes, considered Isabel's sister "infinitely the