A Boy's Town

A Boy's Town

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William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was an American realist author and literary critic. He wrote his first novel, Their Wedding Journey, in 1871, but his literary reputation really took off with the realist novel A Modern Instance, published in 1882, which describes the decay of a marriage. His 1885 novel The Rise of Silas Lapham is perhaps his best known, describing the rise and fall of an American entrepreneur in the paint business. His social views were also strongly reflected in the novels Annie Kilburn (1888) and A Hazard of New Fortunes (1890). While known primarily as a novelist, his short story qEdithaq (1905) - included in the collection Between the Dark and the Daylight (1907) - appears in many anthologies of American literature. Howells also wrote plays, criticism, and essays about contemporary literary figures such as Ibsen, Zola, Verga, and, especially, Tolstoy, which helped establish their reputations in the United States. He also wrote critically in support of many American writers. It is perhaps in this role that he had his greatest influence.I HAVE already toldthat my boya#39;s father would not support General Taylor, the Whig candidate for President, because he ... But hisnewspaper would have gone to nothing in his handsif hehadtried to publishit as aFree Soil paper after the election ... He onlyfelt therelief that the whole family felt fora whileat getting out of theprinting business; the boys wanted togointo ... hehad publicly owned that hewas mistaken in regard to Taylor, whohad not become thetool of the slaveholders, but hadanbsp;...

Title:A Boy's Town
Author: William Dean Howells
Publisher:Start Classics - 2015-01-08

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