The Rise Of Silas Lapham (Dodo Press)

The Rise Of Silas Lapham (Dodo Press)

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by William Dean Howells
     
 

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William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was an American realist author and literary critic. He wrote his first novel, Their Wedding Journey, in 1871, but his literary reputation really took off with the realist novel A Modern Instance, published in 1882, which describes the decay of a marriage. His 1885 novel The Rise of Silas Lapham is perhaps his best known, describing the

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William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was an American realist author and literary critic. He wrote his first novel, Their Wedding Journey, in 1871, but his literary reputation really took off with the realist novel A Modern Instance, published in 1882, which describes the decay of a marriage. His 1885 novel The Rise of Silas Lapham is perhaps his best known, describing the rise and fall of an American entrepreneur in the paint business. His social views were also strongly reflected in the novels Annie Kilburn (1888) and A Hazard of New Fortunes (1890). While known primarily as a novelist, his short story "Editha" (1905) - included in the collection Between the Dark and the Daylight (1907) - appears in many anthologies of American literature. Howells also wrote plays, criticism, and essays about contemporary literary figures such as Ibsen, Zola, Verga, and, especially, Tolstoy, which helped establish their reputations in the United States. He also wrote critically in support of many American writers. It is perhaps in this role that he had his greatest influence.

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Howells's 1884 novel pits new money against old, as commoner Lapham attempts to infiltrate Boston's upper crust after making his fortune. Set in Trinidad before the end of slavery, Wilkins's tale offers a more serious clash. Laurine, a mixed-race freed slave, endeavors to free her mother and escape with her runaway lover. It was released in 1854. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781406531367
Publisher:
Dodo Press
Publication date:
10/12/2007
Pages:
364
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range:
1 - 17 Years

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The Rise of Silas Lapham 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ChuckCC More than 1 year ago
I love this book. A morality tale on ambition, wealth, social standing. It is both sad and hilarious and ultimately uplifting.
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Typos and font translation problems abound.
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