Henry James - The Portrait Of A Gentleman



A dalliance with a young American woman inspires Henry James, but leads to tragedy.

While Henry James was in Venice completing The Portrait of a Lady, his dalliance with a young American woman writer inspired him to complete the novel which many consider his masterpiece. But the liaison led to a tragedy which perhaps informed his later, darker works.

Based on true events, this is a first drama for radio by Peter Ansorge, one of the great driving forces behind ground breaking new drama on British television in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. He was responsible for the commissioning, production and writing of many major television classics, and for bringing the talents of David Hare, Dennis Potter and many other significant writers to prominence.

The play stars American screen and stage actor Guy Paul as Henry James, and Olivier award winning actress Katherine Kingsley as Fenimore, the young American woman who changed his life.

Directed by Marilyn Imrie.
A Big Fish Radio production for BBC Radio 4.