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The Bostonians : World's Classics - Henry James

The Bostonians

World's Classics

Paperback Published: 15th May 2009
ISBN: 9780199539147
Number Of Pages: 512

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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.

ISBN: 9780199539147
ISBN-10: 0199539146
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 15th May 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 12.7  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.35

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