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Rise of Silas Lapham

Rise of Silas Lapham( )
Author: Petrie, Paul R.
Howells, William Dean
Series title:Norton Critical Editions Ser.
ISBN:978-0-393-92242-4
Publication Date:Jul 2018
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $13.00
Book Description:

"In a time of financial and political anxiety, Paul Petrie has reestablished the power of one of the great realist novels of business and ethics. This new edition of The Rise of Silas Lapham deserves to be read and reread for the messages it can deliver about our own morality."--DANIEL J. MROZOWSKI, Trinity CollegeThis Norton Critical Edition includes:· The text of the novel as it first appeared (serialized in 1884-85), with explanatory annotations by Paul R. Petrie.· A wealth of...
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Book Details
Pages:528
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / Family Life / General
Fiction / Psychological
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.031 x 8.307 x 1.092 Inches
Book Weight:1.21 Pounds
Author Biography
Petrie, Paul R. (Author)
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 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.

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