The Bostonians

The Bostonians

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The plot of this novel revolves around the feminist movement in Boston in the 1870s. F.R. Leavis called it one of "the two most brilliant novels in the language. "The novel's many allusions to the historical and social background of Boston society are explained in the editorial material.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 502 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 26mm | 358.34g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • maps
  • 0192834428
  • 9780192834423
  • 1,986,918

Review Text

One of the least known of James' novels - and yet the only one that is uniformly American, Boston rejected it as a satire unflattering to their ego; in those days apparently Boston banning could break - not make - a book. Perhaps the American literary taste of the period could not relish the astringent quality of the book, the irony and the criticism of the American way of life. Today it reads as one of his most modern books, well worth this re-introduction, in a year when James appears to be again coming into his own. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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5,216 ratings
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4 34% (1,791)
3 30% (1,556)
2 10% (530)
1 4% (218)
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