Venetian Life

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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) ...
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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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Here is the convoluted bibliography history: This is a reprint of the Northwestern University Press reprint, which reprinted the 1989 Marlboro Press reprint of the 1885 edition of W.D. Howells' classic, first published in 1866. The book is distributed by Northwestern U. Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781406531473
  • Publisher: Dodo Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Venice in Venice 1
II. Arrival and First Days in Venice 15
III. The Winter in Venice 25
IV. Comincia Far Caldo 37
V. Opera and Theaters 49
VI. Venetian Dinners and Diners 59
VII. Housekeeping in Venice 67
VIII. The Balcony on the Grand Canal 89
IX. A Daybreak Ramble 99
X. The Mouse 105
XI. Churches and Pictures 111
XII. Some Islands of the Lagoons 125
XIII. The Armenians 141
XIV. The Ghetto and the Jews of Venice 151
XV. Some Memorable Places 161
XVI. Commerce 175
XVII. Venetian Holidays 191
XVIII. Christmas Holidays 217
XIX. Love-Making and Marrying; Baptisms and Burials 227
XX. Venetian Traits and Characters 243
XXI. Society 265
XXII. Our Last Year in Venice 293
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