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The Rise Of Silas Lapham

by William Dean Howells

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Brought up by nothing but hisself.

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Brought up by nothing but hisself.

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The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885) is Howell’s best-known work, and this elegant tale of Boston society and manners is rightly regarded as a subtle classic of its time. Silas Lapham inherits his father’s paint business, from which he makes a great deal of money, and moves his family from rural Vermont to cosmopolitan Boston. Attempting to break into the city’s sophisticated society he becomes bent on the acquisition of both money and social position. Howells contrasts "old" and "new" money, presenting the representatives of both sympathetically and portraying the attempts of the self-made man to break into the world inhabited by those from "established" families with humour and delicacy.

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William Dean Howells was born in Martin’s Ferry, Ohio, on 1 March 1837. Reporter, author and editor, he also served as American consul in Venice from 1861-1865. He was dedicated to the development of a new literature of naturalism and literary realism, and helped to spread an awareness of such writers as Tolstoy, Ibsen, and Henry James. He was also a staunch critic of racism, and was a founder member of the NAACP. Howells died in New York City on May 11, 1920.



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