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William Dean Howells (1837–1920)

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William Dean Howells was born in Martin's Ferry, Ohio on March 1, 1837. He dropped out of school to work as a typesetter and a printer's apprentice. He taught himself through intensive reading and the study of Spanish, French, Latin, and German. He wrote a campaign biography of Abraham Lincoln in näytä lisää 1860. Lincoln appointed him U.S. consul in Venice, Italy in 1861 as a reward. After returning to the U.S. several years later, he became an assistant editor for The Atlantic Monthly, later becoming editor from 1871 to 1881. He also wrote columns for Harper's New Monthly Magazine and occasional pieces for The North American Review. As an editor and critic, he was a proponent of American realism. Although he wrote over a 100 books in various genres including novels, poems, literary criticism, plays, memoirs, and travel narratives, he is best known for his realistic fiction. His novels include A Modern Instance, The Rise of Silas Lapham, A Hazard of New Fortunes, The Undiscovered Country, A Chance Acquaintance, An Imperative Duty, Annie Kilburn, and The Coast of Bohemia. He received several honorary degrees from universities as well as a Gold Medal for fiction (later renamed after him as the Howells Medal) from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He died from pneumonia on May 11, 1920. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
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(eng) This is the author page for the American diplomat, novelist and critic. For the anthropologist, please see William Howells.

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The Lady of the Aroostook (1970) 21 kappaletta
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The Leatherwood God (1916) 18 kappaletta
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The Kentons (1972) 17 kappaletta
April Hopes (1975) 15 kappaletta
The Minister's Charge (1978) 14 kappaletta
Criticism and Fiction (2007) 14 kappaletta
The Quality of Mercy (1979) 13 kappaletta
The Sleeping Car : A Farce (1912) 12 kappaletta
The undiscovered country (1884) 12 kappaletta
A Boy's Town (2009) 12 kappaletta
Roman holidays, and others (2009) 12 kappaletta
Suburban Sketches (1871) 12 kappaletta
Shapes That Haunt the Dusk (1891) — Toimittaja — 11 kappaletta
Annie Kilburn (2007) 11 kappaletta
London Films (2007) 11 kappaletta
Between the Dark and the Daylight (2006) 11 kappaletta
Questionable Shapes (1903) 11 kappaletta
The Coast of Bohemia (2010) 10 kappaletta
An Imperative Duty (2006) 10 kappaletta
Their Silver Wedding Journey (2009) 10 kappaletta
Years of My Youth (1977) 10 kappaletta
The Great Modern American Stories: An Anthology (1920) — Toimittaja — 10 kappaletta
A Pair of Patient Lovers (2012) 10 kappaletta
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Seven English Cities (2009) 8 kappaletta
My Literary Passions (2006) 8 kappaletta
An Open-Eyed Conspiracy (2007) 8 kappaletta
Quaint Courtships (1906) — Toimittaja; Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
Dr. Breen's Practice (2014) 7 kappaletta
My Year in a Log Cabin (1901) 7 kappaletta
Fennel and Rue (1908) 7 kappaletta
Five O'Clock Tea (1894) (2007) 7 kappaletta
Southern Lights and Shadows (1907) 6 kappaletta
Mrs. Farrell (2009) 6 kappaletta
Poems (2017) 6 kappaletta
A Little Swiss Sojourn (2012) 6 kappaletta
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The daughter of the storage (2010) 5 kappaletta
The Garotters (1885) 5 kappaletta
The son of Royal Langbrith (1970) 5 kappaletta
The Register (2011) 5 kappaletta
The Day of Their Wedding (2006) 5 kappaletta
Ragged lady; a novel (2012) 5 kappaletta
The Altrurian romances (1968) 5 kappaletta
A woman's reason a novel (2008) 5 kappaletta
The World of Chance : a novel (2007) 5 kappaletta
New Leaf Mills; a chronicle (2011) 4 kappaletta
Different Girls (1906) — Avustaja — 4 kappaletta
The shadow of a dream (2013) 4 kappaletta
W. D. Howells as critic (1973) 4 kappaletta
Miss Bellard's Inspiration (1905) — Tekijä — 4 kappaletta
A letter of introduction; farce (1892) 4 kappaletta
A Likely Story (1894) 4 kappaletta
Complete March Family Trilogy (2011) 4 kappaletta
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Heroines of Fiction (Volume II) (2003) 4 kappaletta
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Bride Roses (2011) 3 kappaletta
Evening Dress (2011) 3 kappaletta
Letters home 3 kappaletta
Though One Rose From The Dead (2010) 3 kappaletta
The Heart Of Childhood (1906) — Toimittaja; Avustaja — 3 kappaletta
The Parlor Car (2011) 3 kappaletta
Under the Sunset-Harper's Novelettes (1893) — Toimittaja — 3 kappaletta
Impressions and experiences (1977) 2 kappaletta
The country printer 2 kappaletta
Howell's Works (13 vols.) (2011) 2 kappaletta
The Elevator (2011) 2 kappaletta
Emile Zola (2012) 2 kappaletta
European and American Masters (1963) 2 kappaletta
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Life at High Tides- Harper's Novelettes (2004) — Toimittaja — 2 kappaletta
An Indian Giver (2010) 2 kappaletta
Christmas Short Works Collection 2014 — Avustaja — 1 kappale
My literary passions (2009) 1 kappale
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$150 as used first edition signed in good condition. . Lithiograph pic of Howells, gold engraved cover, good condition, signed on paper page. Good condition but pencil writing notes on inside cover by previous owner and slightly stained cover.
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susangeib | Jul 17, 2023 |
$128 to $28 on Abe. Excellent Condition. Hardcover. Condition: excellent. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Fiirst edition. "Copyright 1895" stated. Date on title page. . Fine hardback. No dust jacket.
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susangeib | Jun 26, 2023 |
SILAS LAPHAM - The dialogue is dazzling in its realism. Outside of that, I found the novel mediocre.
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BeauxArts79 | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 29, 2023 |
William Dean Howells was born in 1837 and wrote prolifically until his death in 1920. The Rise of Silas Lapham is likely the best remembered, and most often read, of his works. It is a humorous novel with twin, intertwined plots. The first of business and social success, and then failure, in Gilded Age Boston. The other a love farce, and a commentary on ideas of romance in then current novels.

The book starts out slowly with a magazine writer interviewing Silas Lapham about his rise to success. Silas has had the good fortune of having a “paint mine” on his farm in Vermont, from which he’s been able to produce paint of such high quality that it has made him a fortune. The interview gambit serves to introduce the main characters and set up some of the tension that will play out through the book. After that slow start the plots start boiling.

The nouveau riche Laphams have relocated to Boston, and, owing to their country ways, they’ve stayed to themselves and haven’t tried to climb the social ladder to Boston’s high society. That all changes when a young man from a well established family seems to take an interest in one of their two daughters, and then flatters Silas by asking to come to work for him.

What follows is a series of misunderstandings, both in business and in love, between the honest country bred Laphams and the Boston Brahmins they find themselves mixing with.

The book stands the test of time. The language is perhaps formal, but not too formal. The style is perhaps dated, but not too dated. The humor comes through clearly. I often had a smile on my face as I raced through the pages. There are things going on in this book that make it “important” enough that it is still taught in some classrooms. But it is very accessible and easy to read as entertainment.

Reading this today, in 2022, with its young lovers and its social climbing, the whole thing struck me as being kind of an American version of Bridgerton (the TV show - I’ve not read the book). Or perhaps Bridgerton, being the later creation, is a British version of Silas Lapham. I guess the comparison is inevitable for a male reader like me, as Howells is often seen as a “women’s writer”.

As is true today, the primary audience for fiction in the 1880s was women. Howells knew that, and that is likely why he's given a prominent role to Silas's wife Persis Lapham. She is both a moral guide in business to her husband (and an equal partner in the early years), and the one the family looks to for guidance through the thicket of etiquette and expectation in Boston society. She is a fully fledged, complex character with both strengths and flaws.

Howells was also known as a “realist”. As to his place in American writing, he is sometimes said to fall between Mark Twain and Henry James. He was friends with both. James said of him that “[h]e adores the real, the natural, the colloquial, the moderate, the optimistic, the domestic, and the democratic...” That sensibility is, I think, the main reason this book has held up so well.

It doesn’t feel right to me to put Star ratings on classics like this. I recommend this book. I found that I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. “Silas Lapham” sounds like such an old-fashioned name that it does the book it's attached to a disservice. The book holds up much better than that old-fashioned name.
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stevesbookstuff | 10 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 16, 2022 |



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