Portrait of Jennie (novella)
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First US edition
|Genre||Mystery, fantasy, supernatural|
A. A. Knopf (US)|
The Ryerson Press (Canada)
|Media type||Print (Hardcover)|
|Preceded by||Winter in April|
|Followed by||They Went on Together|
Portrait of Jennie is a novel by American writer Robert Nathan, first published in 1940. This story combines romance, fantasy, mystery, and the supernatural. The most successful of Nathan's books, it is considered a modern masterpiece of fantasy fiction.
Judith Merril called Portrait of Jennie "one of the most durable successes in the fantasy business," and Ray Bradbury wrote of the book, "It touched and frightened me when I was twenty-four. Now, once more, it touches and frightens."
A struggling Depression-era artist encounters a young girl in a park who inspires him to paint portraits instead of landscapes. As he repeatedly encounters the girl, each time she is several years older, and is apparently "slipping through time."
Adaptations in other media
- Library of Congress Web. Accessed 18 Aug 2009
- Portrait of Jenny entry, Fantastic Fiction. Accessed Feb. 7, 2014.
- Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924–1984: A Catalog of Over 1800 Shows. Jefferson, NC: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0351-9.
- Thomson, David. Showman: The Life of David O. Selznick (Knopf, 1992).