Modern Library, Paperback, 9780812969962, 496pp.
Publication Date: December 9, 2003
The Bostonians has a vigor and blithe wit found nowhere else in James, writes A. S. Byatt in her Introduction. It is about idealism in a democracy that is still recovering from a civil war bitterly fought for social ideals . . . written] with a ferocious, precise, detailed and wildly comic realism.
“As devastating in its wit as it is sharp in its social critique of sexual politics. No writer in America had dared the subject before. No one has done it so well since.” —The New Republic