The Bostonians (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 496 pages
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This brilliant satire of the women’s rights movement in America is the story of the ravishing inspirational speaker Verena Tarrant and the bitter struggle between two distant cousins who seek to control her. Will the privileged Boston feminist Olive Chancellor succeed in turning her beloved ward into a celebrated activist and lifetime companion? Or will Basil Ransom, a conservative southern lawyer, steal Verena’s heart and remove her from the limelight?

The Bostonians has a vigor and blithe wit found nowhere else in James,” writes A. S. Byatt in her Introduction. “It is about idealism in a democracy that is still recovering from a civil war bitterly fought for social ideals . . . [written] with a ferocious, precise, detailed—and wildly comic—realism.”


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User Review  - Lizzy - Goodreads

I love Henry James's writing style and I was excited to read this book, but unfortunately it was an unpleasant experience. I loved the premise, and I thought it was interesting to read about women's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rachel - Goodreads

Or, as it is better known, The Boring Yet Creepy Love Song of Olive and Verena. (view spoiler)[ I've heard of characters who are supposedly gay without authorial intent - Charlotte Lucas springs to ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Henry James was born the son of a religious philosopher in New York City in 1843. His famous works include The Portrait of a Lady, Washington Square, Daisy Miller, and The Turn of the Screw. He died in London in 1916, and is buried in the family plot in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

A.S. Byatt is an internationally acclaimed novelist, short-story writer, and critic. Her books include the Booker Prize?winning Possession, as well as The Children's Book and the quartet of The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower, and A Whistling Woman. She was appointed Dame of the British Empire in 1999 and has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Commonwealth Writers? Prize, the PEN/Macmillan Silver Pen Award, and the Irish Times International Fiction Prize. She lives in London, England.

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