The Bostonians

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Penguin UK, Aug 14, 2000 - Fiction - 448 pages
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Published in 1886, The Bostonians begins with the arrival in Boston of Basil Ransom, a young Mississippi lawyer in search of a career. Through his cousin, Olive Chancellor, Ransom comes to meet Verena, the beautiful daughter of a charlatan faith-healer and showman. When they hear Verena talk, Olive hopes to win the girl over to the feminist cause, Ransom is attracted to her looks, and a battle for possession of the girl begins.
With its discussion of the situation of women and its uncompromising depiction of the city and the media, THE BOSTONIANS is a modern novel which is immediately accessible and relevant today.

 

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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

Not quite sure what to make of this. It has a few Jamesian qualities: the enormous significance of details, general tragic view of life etc... But this is surrounded by mind-numbing detail and a set ... Read full review

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User Review  - magicians_nephew - LibraryThing

I must admit I’m not a huge fan of Henry James. I can read his jewel-like short novels like “The Turn of the Screw”, but his longer works just take more patience than I have in me. But my reading ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
FURTHER READING
NOTE ON THE TEXT
APPENDICES
Henry James The American Scene
NOTES
Copyright

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Henry James (1843-1916) was born in New York and settled in Europe in 1875. He was a regular contributor of reviews, critical essays, and short stories to American periodicals. He is best known for his many novels of American and European character.
Richard Lansdown is a Lecturer in English at James Cook University in Queensland Australia.

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