Classic Picks for November #2

14 Sep

So here’s the vital statistics for book choice number 2, The Bostonians by Henry James (1886), from the Penguin classic website:

‘There was nothing weak about Miss Olive, she was a fighting woman, and she would fight him to the death…

‘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.’

Also made into a film, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Christopher Reeve. Dream team.

Some info about book number 3 coming up…

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