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  • Published: 1 April 2004
  • ISBN: 9780812969962
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $14.99

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This brilliant satire of the women's rights movement in America is the story of the ravishing inspirational speaker Verena Tarrant and the bitter struggle between two distant cousins who seek to control her. Will the privileged Boston feminist Olive Chancellor succeed in turning her beloved ward into a celebrated activist and lifetime companion? Or will Basil Ransom, a conservative southern lawyer, steal Verena's heart and remove her from the limelight?
'The Bostonians has a vigor and blithe wit found nowhere else in James,’ writes A. S. Byatt in her Introduction. 'It is about idealism in a democracy that is still recovering from a civil war bitterly fought for social ideals... [written] with a ferocious, precise, detailed– and wildly comic– realism.’

  • Pub date: 1 April 2004
  • ISBN: 9780812969962
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Henry James

Henry James was born on 15th April 1843 in Washington Place, New York to a wealthy and intellectual family and as a youth travelled between Europe and America and studied with tutors in Geneva, London, Paris, Bologna and Bonn. He briefly and unsuccessfully studied law at Harvard but decided he preferred reading and writing fiction to studying law. His first novel, Watch and Ward, was published in 1871 after first appearing serially in Atlantic Monthly. After a brief period in Paris, James moved first to London and then later to Rye in Sussex. He became a British citizen in 1915 to declare his loyalty to his adopted country as well as to protest against America's refusal to enter the war on behalf of Britain. Henry James was a prolific writer and critic and from around 1875 until his death he maintained a strenuous schedule of publications in a variety of genres: novels, short story collections, literary criticism, travel writing, biography and autobiography. He died in 1916.

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