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A Goddess in an Epic: The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James: Margaret Norwich

"An opportunity to consider closely Henry James's masterpiece and his heroine Isabel Archer, a young, spirited American woman who hopes to ""affront her destiny"" and pursue her individuality in Europe, but whose story is one of love and betrayal poignantly told by the master, with attention to consciousness, cultural perceptions, subtlety and depth.  Henry James is credited with writing some of the best women in literature, let's see what we think!"

Tutor: Margaret Norwich

"Margaret Norwich studied liberal arts at Vassar College, New York and read English at Girton College, Cambridge.  She has worked in publishing, higher education and the voluntary sector. She lectured on English Language & Literature for many years at Bedford College/De Montfort University, and was Tutor/Organiser for the WEA in Bedfordshire. Her interests include the poetry of Sylvia Plath, the novels of Hilary Mantel, the plays of Tom Stoppard, and the redemptive power of rock music."