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"The Americans and The Bostonians are two Henry James novels , the film versions of which have been as successful as the book versions".

Isn't this a run on sentence with 2 subjects and no conjunction to link the two independent clauses?

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There is no need for a conjunction; the second clause is not independent but a subordinate relative clause modifying novels:

... the film versions of which have been ...

This is a common inversion of the ‘canonical’ order

... of which the film versions have been ...

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"Of which" is a relative pronoun-a linker of dependent and independent clauses. One dependent clause + one independent clause does not equal a fragment but rather a sentence.

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