Portrait of Jennie
by Robert Nathan
Published: 1998 (First edition: 1939)
Available Format(s): Trade Paperback (sold out) and Hardcover (sold out)
The supernatural love story of a Depression-era artist and a young girl slipping through time, this spellbinding classic from 1940 is a masterpiece of modern fantasy. This special edition features original introductions by Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn) and Sean Stewart (Mockingbird).
“Real magic realism from a time worse—and better—than most of us can imagine. Read this, and be enchanted.”
“Welcome back, Portrait of Jennie. It touched and frightened me when I was twenty-four. Now, once more, it touches and frightens.”
“I first read Robert Nathan’s Portrait of Jennie as an impressionable young man of sixteen or seventeen. It appealed to the naïve romantic in me. Reading it thirty-five years later, I note the clean simplicity of its prose, its economical evocations of character and setting, and its unflamboyant wisdom: ‘Yesterday is just as true as today; only we forget.’ Portrait of Jennie reminds us of that truth again. An almost perfect little book.”
“There is a curious sweetness about this tragedy—a sweetness that comes from Robert Nathan’s evocation of Jennie, a tender wise-innocent and muse. This story is a valentine.”
“[A] haunting story of love and art and time travel.”
Robert Nathan is the author of more than forty novels, many with fantastic elements, including Portrait of Jennie, One More Spring, The Enchanted Voyage, and The Bishop’s Wife. His novels are best known for their screen adaptations, the latter most recently in 1996 as The Preacher’s Wife, starring Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, and Gregory Hines. Peter S. Beagle has acknowledged Nathan as a principal influence on his work.
“One of the most durable successes in the fantasy business….”
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