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William Dean Howells (1837–1920)

Autor(a) de The Rise of Silas Lapham

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About the 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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos
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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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Obras de William Dean Howells

The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885) 1,413 cópias
A Hazard of New Fortunes (1890) 459 cópias
Indian Summer (1886) 311 cópias
A Modern Instance (1882) 299 cópias
Mark Twain's Library of Humor (1969) — Compiler; Editor — 232 cópias
Christmas Every Day (1892) 87 cópias
Venetian life (1880) 79 cópias
The Whole Family: A Novel (1908) 63 cópias
Italian Journeys (1883) 59 cópias
My Mark Twain (1910) 59 cópias
A Sleep and a Forgetting (2009) 58 cópias
The Landlord at Lion's Head (1960) 47 cópias
A traveler from Altruria (1957) 46 cópias
Their Wedding Journey (1960) 32 cópias
A Traveler from Altruria (1957) 32 cópias
A Chance Acquaintance (1970) 29 cópias
Stories of Ohio (2011) 25 cópias
Tuscan cities (1907) 22 cópias
The Lady of the Aroostook (1970) 21 cópias
A foregone conclusion (2006) 18 cópias
The Leatherwood God (1916) 18 cópias
Literature and Life (1902) 17 cópias
The Kentons (1972) 15 cópias
April Hopes (1975) 15 cópias
Criticism and Fiction (2007) 14 cópias
The Minister's Charge (1978) 14 cópias
The Quality of Mercy (1979) 13 cópias
Roman holidays, and others (2009) 12 cópias
A Boy's Town (2009) 12 cópias
The undiscovered country (1884) 12 cópias
The Sleeping Car : A Farce (1912) 12 cópias
Suburban Sketches (1871) 12 cópias
An Imperative Duty (2006) 11 cópias
London Films (2007) 11 cópias
Annie Kilburn (2007) 11 cópias
Shapes That Haunt the Dusk (1891) — Editor — 11 cópias
Questionable Shapes (1903) 11 cópias
Their Silver Wedding Journey (2009) 10 cópias
Years of My Youth (1977) 10 cópias
The Great Modern American Stories: An Anthology (1920) — Editor — 10 cópias
The Coast of Bohemia (2010) 10 cópias
A Pair of Patient Lovers (2012) 10 cópias
Life of Abraham Lincoln (1960) 9 cópias
Editha (1993) 9 cópias
Quaint Courtships (1906) — Editor; Contribuinte — 9 cópias
My Literary Passions (2006) 8 cópias
An Open-Eyed Conspiracy (2007) 8 cópias
Familiar Spanish Travels (1913) 8 cópias
Fennel and Rue (1908) 8 cópias
Seven English Cities (2009) 8 cópias
Five O'Clock Tea (1894) (2007) 7 cópias
My Year in a Log Cabin (1901) 7 cópias
Dr. Breen's Practice (2014) 7 cópias
Southern Lights and Shadows (1907) 6 cópias
Mrs. Farrell (2009) 6 cópias
Poems (2017) 6 cópias
Buying a Horse (2007) 6 cópias
A Little Swiss Sojourn (2012) 6 cópias
Ragged lady; a novel (2012) 5 cópias
The son of Royal Langbrith (1970) 5 cópias
The Altrurian romances (1968) 5 cópias
Heroines of fiction (2014) 5 cópias
The Day of Their Wedding (2006) 5 cópias
The daughter of the storage (2010) 5 cópias
The Register (2011) 5 cópias
A woman's reason a novel (2008) 5 cópias
W. D. Howells as critic (1973) 5 cópias
The Garotters (1885) 5 cópias
A day's pleasure 4 cópias
Different Girls (1906) — Contribuinte — 4 cópias
Three villages 4 cópias
The Parlor Car (2011) 4 cópias
Miss Bellard's Inspiration (1905) — Autor — 4 cópias
A Likely Story (1894) 4 cópias
The shadow of a dream (2013) 4 cópias
New Leaf Mills; a chronicle (2011) 4 cópias
The Albany Depot (1892) 4 cópias
Bride Roses (2011) 3 cópias
Imaginary Interviews (2011) 3 cópias
Evening Dress (2011) 3 cópias
Letters home 3 cópias
The Heart Of Childhood (1906) — Editor; Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Under the Sunset-Harper's Novelettes (1893) — Editor — 3 cópias
Impressions and experiences (1977) 2 cópias
Life at High Tides- Harper's Novelettes (2004) — Editor — 2 cópias
Howell's Works (13 vols.) (2011) 2 cópias
Emile Zola (2012) 2 cópias
The Elevator (2011) 2 cópias
An Indian Giver (2010) 2 cópias
Stops Of Various Qvills... (1895) 2 cópias
Tuscan Cities 1 exemplar(es)
TUTTI I GIORNI NATALE 1 exemplar(es)
a story of a play 1 exemplar(es)
L'estate di San Martino 1 exemplar(es)
novels, 1886- 1 exemplar(es)
Venetian Life 1 exemplar(es)
Italian Journeys, Vol. 2 1 exemplar(es)
My literary passions (2009) 1 exemplar(es)
A Woman's Reason 1 exemplar(es)
Christmas Short Works Collection 2014 — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
Italian Journeys, Vol. 1 1 exemplar(es)
Their Wedding Journey 1 exemplar(es)
The sleeping-car and other farces (1889) 1 exemplar(es)
Riscurile parvenirii 1 exemplar(es)
The Rise of Silas Lapham, Volume I (2009) 1 exemplar(es)
Selected letters. 2, 1873 - 1881 (1987) 1 exemplar(es)
“Henry James, Jr.” 1 exemplar(es)
A Hazard of New Fortunes, Volume 4 (2002) 1 exemplar(es)
Selected letters. 6, 1912 - 1920 (1983) 1 exemplar(es)
A Confession of St. Augustine (2016) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Pride and Prejudice (1813) — Introdução, algumas edições79,898 cópias
Memoirs of My Life (1796) — Contribuinte, algumas edições396 cópias
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Main-Travelled Roads (1891) — Introdução, algumas edições286 cópias
Writing New York: A Literary Anthology (1998) — Contribuinte — 274 cópias
The Family Read-Aloud Christmas Treasury (1989) — Contribuinte — 273 cópias
American Religious Poems: An Anthology (2006) — Contribuinte — 162 cópias
The American [Norton Critical Edition] (1978) — Contribuinte — 144 cópias
An Anthology of Famous American Stories (1953) — Contribuinte — 133 cópias
The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar (1913) — Introdução — 130 cópias
The Utopia Reader (1999) — Contribuinte — 111 cópias
Delphi Complete Works of Charles Dickens (Illustrated) (2011) — Contribuinte, algumas edições77 cópias
Best in Children's Books 28 (1959) 74 cópias
Bedside Book of Famous American Stories (1936) — Contribuinte — 69 cópias
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Concise Edition (2003) — Contribuinte — 68 cópias
Lyrics of Lowly Life (1896) — Introdução, algumas edições68 cópias
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer [Norton Critical Edition] (2007) — Contribuinte — 67 cópias
American Christmas Stories (2021) — Contribuinte — 59 cópias
The Blithedale Romance [Norton Critical Edition, 2nd ed.] (2010) — Contribuinte — 56 cópias
Pearl S. Buck's Book of Christmas (1605) — Contribuinte — 45 cópias
Daisy Miller, and An International Episode (1892) — Introdução, algumas edições44 cópias
The old East Side, an anthology (1969) — Contribuinte — 38 cópias
A Treasury of Old-Fashioned Christmas Stories (2006) — Contribuinte — 29 cópias
American short stories, 1820 to the present (1952) — Contribuinte — 26 cópias
The Conjure Stories [Norton Critical Edition] (2011) — Contribuinte — 20 cópias
Christmas classics: A treasury for Latter-Day Saints (1995) — Contribuinte — 14 cópias
Love Stories: Classic Tales of Romance (2010) — Contribuinte — 13 cópias
Representative American Short Stories — Contribuinte — 5 cópias
The New Roger Caras Treasury of Great Horse Stories (1999) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Hamlin Garland : a son of the middle border (1940) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


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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.
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.
susangeib | Jun 26, 2023 |
SILAS LAPHAM - The dialogue is dazzling in its realism. Outside of that, I found the novel mediocre.
BeauxArts79 | outras 3 resenhas | 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 | outras 10 resenhas | Apr 16, 2022 |



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