&&LDIV&&R&&LDIV&&R&&LI&&RThe Bostonians&&L/I&&R, by &&LB&&RHenry James&&L/B&&R, is part of the &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R&&LI&&R &&L/I&&Rseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics&&L/I&&R: &&LDIV&&R
All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. &&LI&&RBarnes & Noble Classics &&L/I&&Rpulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.&&L/DIV&&R&&L/DIV&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R &&L/P&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&RNearly a century before the birth of the contemporary feminist movement, &&LB&&RHenry James&&L/B&&R dealt with its nineteenth-century forerunner in &&LI&&RThe Bostonians.&&L/I&&R Mixing acute social observation and psychological analysis with mordant humor, James hangs his story on a unique instance of the traditional romantic triangle. At its apex stands the vibrantly beautiful Verena Tarrant, an intense public speaker who arouses the passions of two very different people. Olive Chancellor, a Boston-bred suffragette, dreams of turning Verena into a fiery campaigner for women's rights. Basil Ransom, a Mississippi-bred lawyer, dreams of turning her into his wife. As these two struggle for possession of Verena's soul--and body--their confusions, crises, and conflicts begin almost preternaturally to prefigure today's sexual politics. In fact, James's complex portrait of Olive and her ideals, savagely satirical yet sympathetic and so controversial when it first appeared, continues to evoke both anger and admiration. But he treats Verena and Basil with equal complexity, climaxed by the novel's quietly haunting final sentence.&&LBR&&R&&L/P&&R&&LP style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"&&R&&LSTRONG&&RSiri Hustvedt&&L/B&&R&&L/B&&R earned a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University in 1986 and is the author of a book of poetry, &&LI&&RReading to You;&&L/I&&R three novels: &&LI&&RThe Blindfold, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl,&&L/I&&R and &&LI&&RWhat I Loved;&&L/I&&R and a book of essays, &&LI&&RYonder&&L/I&&R.&&L/P&&R&&L/DIV&&R
Henry James (1843-1916) was born in New York and settled in Europe in 1875. He was a regular contributor of reviews, critical essays, and short stories to American periodicals. He is best known for his many novels of American and European character. Richard Lansdown is a Lecturer in English at James Cook University in Queensland Australia.