The Rise Of Silas Lapham

The Rise Of Silas Lapham

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by William Dean Howells
     
 

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Silas Lapham is a rough-hewn entrepreneur who has made his fortune in mineral paint. Socially ambitious for their daughters, Lapham and his wife encourage the suit of Tom Corey, son of an aristocratic Boston family, whose own parents are appalled by his consorting with vulgar upstarts. But which Lapham girl does Tom really love: the pretty blonde Irene or her bookish… See more details below

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Silas Lapham is a rough-hewn entrepreneur who has made his fortune in mineral paint. Socially ambitious for their daughters, Lapham and his wife encourage the suit of Tom Corey, son of an aristocratic Boston family, whose own parents are appalled by his consorting with vulgar upstarts. But which Lapham girl does Tom really love: the pretty blonde Irene or her bookish sister Penelope? As the romantic confusion is sorted out, Lapham suffers calamities that threaten both his financial and personal integrity. His rise is ultimately a moral one. The first major American novel to centre on a businessman, The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885) explores the capitalist ethos of the American Gilded Age. It is also a brilliant novel of manners that shows the comic confrontation of old wealth and new riches.

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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:
9781613820087
Publisher:
Simon & Brown
Publication date:
03/15/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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