The Bostonians

Author(s): Henry James; Richard Lansdown (Introduction by)

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Published in 1886, The Bostonians begins with the arrival in Boston of Basil Ransom, a young Mississippi lawyer in search of a career. Through his cousin, Olive Chancellor, Ransom comes to meet Verena, the beautiful daughter of a charlatan faith-healer and showman. When they hear Verena talk, Olive hopes to win the girl over to the feminist cause, Ransom is attracted to her looks, and a battle for possession of the girl begins.With its discussion of the situation of women and its uncompromising depiction of the city and the media, The Bostonians is a modern novel which is immediately accessible and relevant today.


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Henry James (1843-1916) was born in New York and settled in Europe in 1875. He was a regular contributor of reviews, critical essays, and short stories to American periodicals. He is best known for his many novels of American and European character. Richard Lansdown is a Lecturer in English at James Cook University in Queensland Australia.

General Fields

  • : 9780140437669
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : 0.339
  • : February 2001
  • : 198mm X 130mm X 27mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Henry James; Richard Lansdown (Introduction by)
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 813/.52
  • : 448
  • : notes, further reading, appendices