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by Henry James

  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Release date: 01-10-11
  • Language: English

From Boston’s social underworld emerges Verena Tarrant, a girl with extraordinary oratorical gifts, which she deploys in tawdry meeting-houses on behalf of “the sisterhood of women.” She acquires two admirers of a very different stamp: Olive Chancellor, devotee of radical causes and marked out for tragedy; and Basil Ransom, a veteran of the Civil War who holds rigid views concerning society and women’s place therein. Is the lovely, lighthearted Verena made for public movements or private passions? A struggle to possess her, body and soul, develops between Olive and Basil. The exploitation of Verena’s unregenerate innocence reflects a society whose moral and cultural values are failing to survive the new dawn of liberalism and democracy.

When it was first published in 1886, The Bostonians was not welcomed by Henry James’s fellow countrymen, who failed to appreciate its delicacy and wit. But over a century later, this book is widely regarded as James’s finest American fiction and perhaps his comic masterpiece.

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Author

Henry James

Language

English

Length

17 hrs and 48 mins

Narrated by

Xe Sands

Release date

01-10-11

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