The Bostonians (Modern Library Classics) (Paperback)

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By Henry James, A. S. Byatt (Introduction by)
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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.

About the Author

A. S. Byatt is a novelist, short-story writer, essayist, and reviewer. Her novels include the Booker Prize-winning Possession, and the quartet The Virgin in the Garden, Still Life, Babel Tower, and A Whistling Woman.

Praise For…

“As devastating in its wit as it is sharp in its social critique of sexual politics. No writer in America had dared the subject before. No one has done it so well since.” —The New Republic

Product Details
ISBN: 9780812969962
ISBN-10: 0812969960
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: December 9th, 2003
Pages: 496
Language: English
Series: Modern Library Classics (Paperback)