The Bostonians by Henry James - PDF and EPUB eBook

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Introduction by Siri Hustvedt. Nearly a century before the birth of the contemporary feminist movement, Henry James dealt with...

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Details of The Bostonians

Exact title of the book
The Bostonians
Book author
Henry James
Book edition
Paperback
Number of pages
414 pages
Language
English
Published
April 25th 2005 by Barnes Noble Classics
File size (in PDF)
1656 kB
The Bostonians

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Introduction by Siri Hustvedt. Nearly a century before the birth of the contemporary feminist movement, Henry James dealt with its nineteenth-cetnure forerunner in The Bostonians. Mixing acute social observation and psychological analysis with mordant humor, James hangs his story on a unique instance of the traditional romantic triangle.

At its apex stands the vibrantly beautiful Verena Tarrant, an intense public speaker who arouses the passions of two very different people. Olive Chancellor, a Boston-bred suffragette, dreams of turning Verena into a fiery campaigner for women's rights. Basil Ransom, a Mississippi-bred lawyer, dreams of turning her into his wife.

As these two struggle for possession of Verena's soul-and body-their confusion, crises, and conflicts begin almost preternaturally to prefigure today's sexual politics. In fact, James's complex portrait of Olive and her ideals, savagely satirical yet sympathetic and so controversial when it first appeared, continues to evoke both anger and admiration. But James treats Verena and Basil with equal complexity, climaxed by the novel's quietly haunting final sentence.