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1996 Trade paperback New. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 184 p. Bedford Series in History & Culture (Paperback). Audience: General/trade.

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312117993
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 3/15/1996
  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.11 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author


David W. Levy is David Ross Boyd Professor of American Histoy at the University of Oklahoma. His special interest is American intellectual history. He has published Herbert Croly of the New Republic: The Life and Thought of an American Progressive (1985) and The Debate over Vietnam (1991) and is coeditor of the five-volume collection The Letters of Louis D. Brandeis (1972-1978) and of FDR's Fireside Chats (1992). Levy has won the University of Oklahoma Regents' Award for Superior Teaching and the Student Association's prize for outstanding teacher at the University of Oklahoma.
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Table of Contents


Foreword
Preface

PART I. INTRODUCTION: WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS AND HIS AMERICA

PART II. THE DOCUMENT

A Traveler from Altruria

APPENDICES

A Howells Chronology (1837-1920)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography

Index
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