The Bostonians, Paperback Book

The Bostonians Paperback

Edited by R. D. Gooder

Part of the Oxford World's Classics series

2 out of 5 (1 rating)


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.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages, maps
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780199539147

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 This is my least favorite of all of James' novels. He descends into his worst impulses towards misogyny, self-lacerating homophobia, and anti-Americanism in his supposed design to tell a tale of American manners and the triumph of the Old South over Puritan New England.

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