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The Bostonians (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (B&n Classics Trade Paper)

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The Bostonians, by Henry James, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:
All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.

 

Nearly a century before the birth of the contemporary feminist movement, Henry James dealt with its nineteenth-century 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 womens rights. Basil Ransom, a Mississippi-bred lawyer, dreams of turning her into his wife. As these two struggle for possession of Verenas soul—and body—their confusions, crises, and conflicts begin almost preternaturally to prefigure todays sexual politics. In fact, Jamess 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 he treats Verena and Basil with equal complexity, climaxed by the novels quietly haunting final sentence.

Siri Hustvedt earned a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University in 1986 and is the author of a book of poetry, Reading to You; three novels: The Blindfold, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, and What I Loved; and a book of essays, Yonder.

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Siri Hustvedt earned a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University in 1986 and is the author of a book of poetry, Reading to You; three novels: The Blindfold, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, and What I Loved; and a book of essays, Yonder.

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ISBN:
9781593082970
Subtitle:
Barnes and Noble Classics Series
Author:
James, Henry
Introduction:
Hustvedt, Siri
Author:
Hustvedt, Siri
Publisher:
Barnes and Noble Classics
Subject:
Classics
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Barnes and Noble Classics
Publication Date:
20050425
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.00 x 5.19 x 1.20 in

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