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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, a veteran of the Civil War who holds 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. When it was first published in 1886, The Bostonians was not welcomed by Henry James’ fellow countrymen, who failed to appreciate its delicacy and wit. But over a century later, this book is widely regarded as James’ finest American fiction and perhaps his comic masterpiece.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sarah | 4/15/2011

    " Definitely not my favorite Henry James. Long (dry) descriptive passages made it hard to get through, and it was pretty predictable, and unrealistic. But perhaps that was the point? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Linda | 3/11/2011

    " Audio version read by Xe Sands "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by John | 1/17/2011

    " A slow read. Like Proust. The battle between Olivia and her cousin Ransom for the soul of Verena. Olivia wants her for the advancement of women's rights. Ransom wants her for love. He wins. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ginny | 1/12/2011

    " I am not a Henry James fan. "

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