The Bostonians (Oxford World's Classics)

The Bostonians (Oxford World's Classics)

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The Bostonians (Oxford World's Classics) by Henry James

From Boston's social underworld emerges Verena Tarrant, a girl with extraordinary oratorical gifts, which she deploys in tawdry meeting-houses on behalf of 'the sisterhood of women.' She acquires two admirers of a very different stamp: Olive Chancellor, devotee of radical causes, and marked out for tragedy; and Basil Ransom, veteran of the Civil War, with rigid views concerning society and women's place therein. Is the lovely, lighthearted Verena made for public movements or private passions? A struggle to possess her, body and soul, develops between Olive and Basil.

The exploitation of Verena's unregenerate innocence reflects a society whose moral and cultural values are failing to survive the new dawn of liberalism and democracy. The Bostonians (1886) was not welcomed by James's fellow countrymen, who failed to appreciate its delicacy and wit; but a century later, this book is widely regarded as James's finest American fiction, and perhaps his comic masterpiece.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192834423
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 05/28/1998
Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages: 504
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 1230L (what's this?)

About the Author

Date of Birth:

April 15, 1843

Date of Death:

February 28, 1916

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

London, England

Education:

Attended school in France and Switzerland; Harvard Law School, 1862-63

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The Bostonians (Illustrated + FREE audiobook link + Active TOC) 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Weatherend More than 1 year ago
This is early James--although this particular edition has the revisions that he made for the New York Edition in 1907. Heavily influenced by Balzac, this novel nevertheless contains many pleasures that are purely Jamesian. I had not read it for years, and enjoyed my return to its pages immensely.
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