The Rise of Silas Lapham

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William Dean Howells' 1885 novel, The Rise of Silas Lapham tells the story of its protagonist's materialistic aspirations; his rise from rags to riches. Despite making a fortune in business, Silas feels he lacks social position; he banks on the marriage of his daughter to an aristocratic family to change this. But Silas faces a moral quandary when his business partner suggests dodgy business dealings.
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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 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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Publisher
The Floating Press
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Published on
Aug 1, 2009
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Pages
655
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ISBN
9781775416500
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Classics
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William Dean Howells, the realist master known as "The Dean of American Letters", produced an enormous oeuvre of works that had a lasting influence on American literature. For the first time in publishing history, this comprehensive eBook presents Howells’ complete works, with numerous illustrations, rare texts appearing in digital print for the first time, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)

* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Howells’ life and works
* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts
* ALL 41 novels, with individual contents tables
* Many rare novels available in no other collection
* Images of how the books were first published, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* Excellent formatting of the texts
* Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry and the short stories
* Easily locate the poems or short stories you want to read
* Includes Howells’ complete travel writing, with many rare texts appearing here for the first time in digital print
* Many rare essays and non-fiction works
* Features two autobiographies - discover Howells’ literary life
* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres

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CONTENTS:

The Novels
THEIR WEDDING JOURNEY
A CHANCE ACQUAINTANCE
A FOREGONE CONCLUSION
THE LADY OF THE AROOSTOOK
THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY
A FEARFUL RESPONSIBILITY
DR. BREEN’S PRACTICE
A MODERN INSTANCE
A WOMAN’S REASON
THE RISE OF SILAS LAPHAM
INDIAN SUMMER
THE MINISTER’S CHARGE
ANNIE KILBURN
APRIL HOPES
A HAZARD OF NEW FORTUNES
THE SHADOW OF A DREAM
A BOY’S TOWN
THE QUALITY OF MERCY
AN IMPERATIVE DUTY
THE WORLD OF CHANCE
THE COAST OF BOHEMIA
A TRAVELER FROM ALTRURIA
THE DAY OF THEIR WEDDING
THE LANDLORD AT LION’S HEAD
THE STORY OF A PLAY
RAGGED LADY
THEIR SILVER WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
THE FLIGHT OF PONY BAKER
THE KENTONS
QUESTIONABLE SHAPES
LETTERS HOME
LETTERS OF AN ALTRURIAN TRAVELLER
SON OF ROYAL LANGBRITH
MISS BELLARD’S INSPIRATION
BETWEEN THE DARK AND THE DAYLIGHT
THROUGH THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE
THE WHOLE FAMILY
FENNEL AND RUE
NEW LEAF MILLS: A CHRONICLE
THE LEATHERWOOD GOD
THE VACATION OF THE KELWYNS

The Shorter Fiction
SUBURBAN SKETCHES
CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY
EDITHA
STORIES OF OHIO
SEEN AND UNSEEN AT STRATFORD-UPON-AVON
LITERATURE AND LIFE: SHORT STORIES AND ESSAYS
THE DAUGHTER OF THE STORAGE AND OTHER THINGS IN PROSE AND VERSE
A PAIR OF PATIENT LOVERS AND OTHER STORIES
BOY LIFE STORIES AND READINGS SELECTED FROM THE WORKS OF WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS
MISCELLANEOUS STORIES

The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Farces
THE PARLOR CAR
OUT OF THE QUESTION
A COUNTERFEIT PRESENTMENT
THE SLEEPING CAR
THE MOUSE-TRAP AND OTHER FARCES
MISCELLANEOUS FARCES

The Poetry Collections
POEMS
STOPS OF VARIOUS QUILLS

The Poems
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Travel Writing
VENETIAN LIFE
ITALIAN JOURNEYS
THREE VILLAGES
TUSCAN CITIES
A LITTLE SWISS SOJOURN
LONDON FILMS
CERTAIN DELIGHTFUL ENGLISH TOWNS
ROMAN HOLIDAYS AND OTHERS
SEVEN ENGLISH CITIES
FAMILIAR SPANISH TRAVELS

The Non-Fiction
LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
MODERN ITALIAN POETS
IMPRESSIONS AND EXPERIENCES
LITERARY FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTANCE
LITERATURE AND LIFE
MR. CHARLES W. CHESNUTT’S STORIES
FRANK NORRIS
A PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNTER-CURRENT IN RECENT FICTION
IMAGINARY INTERVIEWS
HEROINES OF FICTION
ÉMILE ZOLA
HENRY JAMES, JR.
INTRODUCTIONS TO VARIOUS WORKS

The Autobiographies
MY YEAR IN A LOG CABIN
YEARS OF MY YOUTH

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