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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.

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Olive Chancellor and Basil Ransom, cousins, clash, when Olive wants Verena Tarrant to use her eloquence for the woman's movement, and Basil wants Verena to give up politics and marry him.

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The plot of this novel revolves around the feminist movement in Boston in the 1870's. F.R. Leavis called it one of "the 2 most brilliant novels in the language. "The novel's many allusions to the historical and social background of Boston society are explained in the editorial material.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780192834423
Editor:
Gooder, R. D.
Author:
Gooder, R. D.
Author:
James, Henry
Author:
null, Henry
Author:
null, R. D.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
Oxford Oxfordshire
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Feminists
Subject:
Literature/English | American Literature | 19th C
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Oxford world's classics
Series Volume:
14
Publication Date:
19980723
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 map
Pages:
504
Dimensions:
5 x 7.6 x 1 in 0.781 lb

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Product details 504 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780192834423 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Olive Chancellor and Basil Ransom, cousins, clash, when Olive wants Verena Tarrant to use her eloquence for the woman's movement, and Basil wants Verena to give up politics and marry him.
"Synopsis" by , The plot of this novel revolves around the feminist movement in Boston in the 1870's. F.R. Leavis called it one of "the 2 most brilliant novels in the language. "The novel's many allusions to the historical and social background of Boston society are explained in the editorial material.
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