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The Bostonians (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – May 15, 2009
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Of course, the greatest irony of this book comes not within its pages, but when you visit the grave of the James family. Henry James ashes were interred in the ground on the family plot, and now and forever, the family plot looks not upon the city of New York, or the expanses of Europe, but rather, Henry James, for all eternity, is facing th city of Boston. e
The central heroine is the voluptuous Verena Tarrant, an inspirational public speaker with the voice of an angel and the charm of a Homeric siren. Her uniquely sheltered upbringing as the daughter of a fraudulent and avaricious "mesmeric healer" has freed her from a normal education and exposed her to anybody who wants to take advantage of her ingenuousness. One night at the home of an elderly progressive activist named Miss Birdseye, she delivers a mellifluous speech that grabs the attention of the scheming feminist Olive Chancellor and her cousin Basil Ransom, a Mississippi lawyer who has settled in New York to begin a practice and has just come to Boston to visit his relatives.
Olive quickly befriends Verena with the intention of putting her oratorical skills to work for the women's movement, acting as her mentor and coaching her in the rationale for gender equality. Men, including her own father, see Verena as a goldmine: A wealthy Harvard student named Henry Burrage offers to be her lecture agent, and a journalist named Matthias Pardon reports on her professional engagements, helping her to become a celebrity who commands large audiences.Read more ›
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This is the second time I've read The Bostonians in the last three years, and I enjoyed it more the second time than the first. Read morePublished 7 days ago by M. F. Crowl
My very own copy of one of my favorite classics. Large print makes it easy to read without straining your eyes.Published 3 months ago by Stormy
It's been sitting on my shelf for years - actually, it's been sitting on my dad's shelf for years. I don't know what compelled me, necessarily, to finally reach up and leaf... Read morePublished 4 months ago by DAI
Not my favorite Henry James novel. The time is around 1890 and the setting is Boston's Beacon Street in Back Bay. A young woman in her teens has a gift for public speaking. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Edward F. Weber
Look, Henry James is a genius, one of the most important writers in the English Language, and I've enjoyed other examples of his work very much. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sam D. Maloney
An interesting glimpse at a particular point in American history (post Civil War) in particular locations (Boston, New York). Read morePublished 11 months ago by C. Doughty
The characters are typical Henry James! I love the time period.Published 13 months ago by miriam robles
After "Washington Square" and the "Aspern Papers", I eagerly started this book. A little more than the first half of the book was very challenging: a lot of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by An American in Florence