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The Bostonians  : Penguin Classics - Henry James

The Bostonians

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 18th September 2000
ISBN: 9780140437669
Number Of Pages: 448
For Ages: 18+ years old

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In The Bostonians, Henry James tackled one of the burning issues of his day - 'the woman question'. The story centres on the struggles between Basil Ransom, a young Mississippi lawyer, and Olive Chancellor, a wealthy feminist, for exclusive possession of the beautiful Verena Tarrant.

One of the most humorous and most vibrant of James's novels, The Bostonians is, as Richard Lansdown says, also one of his most contentious: 'In no other novel did James reveal more of himself, his society and his era, and of the human condition, caught as it is between the blind necessity of progress and the urge to retain the old.'

About the Author

Born in New York of Irish and Scottish ancestry and educated in New York, London and Paris, Henry James is best known for his cosmopolitan and often haunting portraits of European and American life. He was also a prolific writer of literary criticism and shorter fiction. James settled in England in 1876, where he spent most of the rest of his life and completed his best-known work.

One of the least known of James' novels - and yet the only one that is uniformly American, Boston rejected it as a satire unflattering to their ego; in those days apparently Boston banning could break - not make - a book. Perhaps the American literary taste of the period could not relish the astringent quality of the book, the irony and the criticism of the American way of life. Today it reads as one of his most modern books, well worth this re-introduction, in a year when James appears to be again coming into his own. (Kirkus Reviews)

Introductionp. vii
Note On The Textp. xxxiv
Further Readingp. xxxv
Chronology Of Henry Jamesp. xli
From James's Notebook*p. 437
The Dramatic Date Of 'the Bostonians'p. 440
The Social Geography Of Bostonp. 441
Notesp. 445
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ISBN: 9780140437669
ISBN-10: 0140437665
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 18th September 2000
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 19.8
Edition Number: 1