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eBook The Rise of Silas Lapham (Norton Critical Editions) download ISBN: 0393091651
Author: Don L. Cook,William Dean Howells
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (September 17, 1982)
Language: English
Pages: 544
ePub: 1326 kb
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Rating: 4.8
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: History and Criticism

Don L. Cook is Professor of English at Indiana University.

The Rise of Silas Lapham is a realist novel by William Dean Howells published in 1885. The story follows the materialistic rise of Silas Lapham from rags to riches, and his ensuing moral susceptibility. Silas earns a fortune in the paint business, but he lacks social standards, which he tries to attain through his daughter's marriage into the aristocratic Corey family.

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Silas Lapham is a rough-hewn entrepreneur who has made his fortune in mineral paint

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.

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ISBN: 0393044335 (ISBN13: 9780393044331).

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Other authors: Ellen B. Ballou (Contributor), George N. Bennett (Contributor), Clark W. Bryan (Contributor), Clarence E. Buel (Contributor), Edwin H. Cady (Contributor) - 26 more, Charles L. Campbell (Contributor), Everett Carter (Contributor), Theodore Dreiser (Contributor), Robert Falk (Contributor), Robert M. Figg, III (Contributor), Harold Frederic (Contributor. Only one NCE (no 2nd e.

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William Dean Howells (1837–1920) was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio. Between 1856 and 1861, he worked as a reporter for the Ohio State Journal. About this time, his poems began to appear in The Atlantic. The Rise of Silas Lapham has been a steady seller since its publication in book form in 1885, perhaps the only survivor, except for A Hazard of New Fortunes, of the many-volumed fiction of the writer once known as the dean of American letters.

Download Willian Dean Howells's The Rise of Silas Lapham for your kindle, tablet, IPAD, PC or mobile. WHEN Bartley Hubbard went to interview Silas Lapham for the "Solid Men of Boston" series, which he undertook to finish up in The Events, after he replaced their original projector on that newspaper, Lapham received him in his private office by previous appointment. Walk right in!" he called out to the journalist, whom he caught sight of through the door of the counting-room. He did not rise from the desk at which he was writing, but he gave Bartley his left hand for welcome, and he rolled his large head in the direction of a vacant chair. Sit down! I'll be with.

This edition of The Rise of Silas Lapham reprints the text established by Walter J. Meserve and David J. Nordloh for A Selected Edition of W. D. Howells.

Extensive historical annotations have been added to the text of this Norton Critical Edition. The process of composition is followed through Howells' initial sketches and letters. Analysis of the contemporary stereotypes and myths that Howells parodied in his novel is provided by Robert Falk, Clark W. Bryan, Theodore Dreiser, and Robie Macauley, and by letters from Roswell Smith to Howells. Contemporary responses by friends and readers, and by critics, illustrate the misunderstanding and hostility with which realistic fiction was sometimes greeted in Howells' time. Critical essays by Donald Pizer, William R. Manierre II, John E. Hart, Harold H. Kolb, George N. Bennett, Everett Carter, and G. Thomas Tanselle represent a variety of ways in which the novel has engaged the attention of critics as well as a broad selection of the critical methods that have been applied to it. As one of the primary documents of American literary realism, the novel raises questions as to the meaning and utility of realism as an aesthetic ideal. These questions are treated in essays by C. Hugh Holman, Henry James, Larzer Ziff, Edwin H. Cady, Robert M. Figg, Charles L. Campbell, and Howells himself. A Selected Bibliography is also included.
Comments: (7)
This appears to be a condensation as other offerings of it run 300-400 pages; this edition is less than 160. It's an excellent story of a businessman and his family and their clash with a family of snobbish uppercrust Bostonians. Lapham seems to try always to do the right thing, but his successes are hauled down by a few failures.. An excellent read if your interest is held by these themes.
No novel more exemplifies the principles of American literary realism than Silas Lapham. All too often obscured in the light of his two best friends, Mark Twain and Henry James, Howells was himself one of the greatest and most prolific novelists of the nineteenth century, as well as the principal theoretician of the prosaics of Realism. And he loved his wife, Winnie. Good guy.
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Always mentioned as a highly influential writer I had never read a novel by William Dean Howells. This book is a window into a time capsule which is not easily accessible of time in late 19th century Boston. The characters are vivid. The action both puzzles and surprises. Our overly media dependent culture can be tempered by a good read in a time and place beyond our experience. If you want to retreat, or advance, depending on your perspective to complete other reality, Silas Lapham will do the trick.
This is fine 19th century novel. The story and the characters carry the reader along with anticipation until the ending. It is refreshing to read a novel where actions have consequences, and the protagonists bear gracefully even the negative consequences. Howells has a clear, and positive, view of human nature. Recommended as a good story well told.
The kids I know are glued to the computer/smart phone/kindle already.. Why not help them read something like a classic? Provided hours of entertainment and taught a few good lessons along the way..They go back to it several times as well..
This novel is a joy to read. A wonderful realist novel. There are charming subtleties throughout all of Howells' novel that will only be noticed and appreciated by a close reader. Often, one single word choice can fill a sentence with an emotional tinge. The plot is more about Lapham's downfall than his rise; however, the realist glorification of the commonplace is the endgame here. Beautiful writing throughout, but the last fifty pages are where Howells shines.
This is a sweet story overall, well constructed, with points of intrigue, anguish, a twist, elation, and a subtle, pertinent "moral of the story" ending. A recommended candidate for a classics reading list.
Many of the reviews I read of this book were critical, so I was surprised to find that only a short way into the book, I could not put it down. Silas reminded me of Michael Henchard, the mayor of Casterbridge: full of problems, but somehow likeable in spite of all. Although it is not a top tier classic, it is puzzling that not a single copy of this "Gilded Age" American novel is in the St. Louis County library system, although the Cliff Notes are.