American Classics Book Discussion Series
Main Library, Thursday, April 7, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. This month’s selection is The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. Maplewood Library’s book group meets monthly to discuss provocative and often controversial titles that probe the questions of who we are and how we see each other. Convener: Alice Crozier, Professor of English Emerita, Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
In Portrait of a Lady, the beautiful Isabel Archer, determined to enjoy her freedom and fortune and to determine her own fate, is drawn to a charming and cultivated man who is revealed to be cruel and stifling. In this portrait of a “young woman affronting her destiny,” Henry James created one of his most magnificent heroines, and a story of intense poignancy. Copies of the book available from BCCLS.
This program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.