'There was nothing weak about Miss Olive, she was a fighting woman, and she would fight him to the death'
Basil Ransom, an attractive young Mississippi lawyer, is on a visit to his cousin Olive, a wealthy feminist, in Boston when he accompanies her to a meeting on the subject of women's emancipation. One of the speakers is Verena Tarrant, and although he disapproves of all she claims to stand for, Basil is immediately captivated by her and sets about 'reforming' her with his traditional views. But Olive has already made Verena her protégée, and soon a battle is under way for exclusive possession of her heart and mind. The Bostonians is one of James's most provocative and astute portrayals of a world caught between old values and the lure of progress.
Richard Lansdown's introduction discusses The Bostonians as James's most successful political work and his funniest novel. This edition contains extracts from Tocqueville and from James's 'The American Scene', which illuminate the novel's social context. There are also notes and a bibliography.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
A HENRY JAMES CHRONOLOGY
NOTE ON THE TEXT
Alexis de Tocqueville What Sort of Despotism Democratic Nations Have to Fear
Henry James The American Scene