Les Bostoniennes

République des Lettres

Texte intégral révisé suivi d'une biographie d'Henry James. "Les Bostoniennes", oeuvre majeure d'Henry James publiée après "Washington Square" mais avant "Les Ambassadeurs", est une peinture de la société américaine de Boston au moment où naît le mouvement pour l'émancipation des femmes. Olive Chancellor, militante féministe ennemie jurée des hommes, vient de découvrir Verena Tarrant, une jeune et extraordinaire oratrice aux cheveux rouges. Elle l'installe chez elle, la couve et la prépare à sa mission de suffragette pour le vote des femmes. Mais le beau et brillant avocat Basil Ransom devient amoureux de la jeune fille. La guerre commence entre Olive et Basile qui se disputent Verena. Celle-ci est partagée entre l'amour de Basil et la cause féministe dont elle est la nouvelle porte-parole. Basil tente de la convaincre que les deux sont inconciliables. Quel sera en définitive le choix de Verena ?

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About the author

Henry James est né à New York en 1843 dans une vieille famille de négociants et de lettres. Après des études à New York, Londres, Paris, Genève, il entre à Harvard, n'y termine pas son droit et commence très vite à publier des nouvelles dans divers journaux. En 1875, il s'installe à Paris où il rencontre Tourgueniev et Flaubert ; puis, en 1876, il choisit de vivre en Angleterre. En 1915, désespéré par l'indifférence de son pays qui n'est pas encore entré en guerre pour sauver la vieille Europe, il renonce à la citoyenneté américaine et meurt en 1916, citoyen britannique.

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Publisher
République des Lettres
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Published on
Jan 13, 2018
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Pages
608
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ISBN
9782824903927
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Language
French
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Genres
Fiction / Classics
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'One ought to choose something very deliberately, and be faithful to that.' Isabel Archer is a young, intelligent, and spirited American girl, determined to relish her first experience of Europe. She rejects two eligible suitors in her fervent commitment to liberty and independence, declaring that she will never marry. Thanks to the generosity of her devoted cousin Ralph, she is free to make her own choice about her destiny. Yet in the intoxicating worlds of Paris, Florence, and Rome, her fond illusions of self-reliance are twisted by the machinations of her friends and apparent allies. What had seemed to be a vista of infinite promise steadily closes around her and becomes instead a 'house of suffocation'. Considered by many as one of the finest novels in the English language, this is Henry James's most poised achievement, written at the height of his fame in 1881. It is at once a dramatic Victorian tale of betrayal and a wholly modern psychological study of a woman caught in a web of relations she only comes to understand too late. This edition reproduces the revised New York Edition, with James's own Preface. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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