The Bostonians.

“Wherever you go, madam, it will matter little what you carry. You will always carry your goodness”: First Edition of Henry James' The Bostonians

The Bostonians.

JAMES, Henry.

Item Number: 80119

London and New York: Macmillan and Company, 1886.

First single volume edition of James’ classic tragicomedy. Octavo, original cloth. In very good condition with light rubbing to the crown of the spine. Bookplate to the pastedown and remnants of a bookplate to the rear pastedown.

Basil Ransom, an attractive young Mississippi lawyer, is on a visit to his cousin Olive, a wealthy feminist, in Boston when he accompanies her to a meeting on the subject of women’s emancipation. One of the speakers is Verena Tarrant, and although he disapproves of all she claims to stand for, Basil is immediately captivated by her and sets about ‘reforming’ her with his traditional views. But Olive has already made Verena her protégée, and soon a battle is under way for exclusive possession of her heart and mind. The Bostonians is one of James’s most provocative and astute portrayals of a world caught between old values and the lure of progress.

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