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The Bostonians

Henry James

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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Xe Sands

Length:

17h 49m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

15:59


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

12:40


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

25:28


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

17:47


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

23:27


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

19:46


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

19:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

10:31


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:52


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

23:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:57


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

19:41


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

18:30


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

23:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

32:32


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

24:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

31:19


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

40:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

26:07


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

32:52


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

33:34


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

30:56


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

27:01


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

20:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

18:11


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

34:17


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

12:58


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

25:19


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

18:38


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

35:55


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

33:01


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

30:43


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

28:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

40:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

24:17


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

42:28


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

34:18


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

26:46


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

27:48


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

26:04