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Achievement of William Dean Howells
Kermit Vanderbilt

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Exploring the consciousness and creative impulse of William Dean Howells, Professor Vanderbilt finds that Howells' personality reflected the mixed feelings of the American mind in an ambivalent and transitional society. By this interpretation he introduces a new and imaginative approach to the writer and his work, and Howells emerges as one of the major American literary figures of the late nineteenth century. The author’s impressive research into all of Howells’ works is evident in his discussion of four novels which appeared in the 1880’s, The Undiscovered Country, A Modern lnstance, The Rise of Silas Lapham, and A Hazard of New Fortunes.

Originally published in 1968.

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Table of Contents:

  • Frontmatter, pg. i
  • Preface, pg. vii
  • Introduction: Premises and Method, pg. 1
  • One. The Undiscovered Country (1880). Howells' Version of American Pastoral, pg. 11
  • Two. A Modern Instance (1881-1882). Freedom and Fate in Modern America, pg. 49
  • Three. The Rise of Silas Lapham (1884-1885). The Crisis of Wealth in the Gilded Age, pg. 96
  • Four. A Hazard of New Fortunes (1889-1890). Art and Humanity in the American Metropolis, pg. 144
  • Summary and Aftermath, pg. 192
  • Bibliographical Comment, pg. 207
  • Index, pg. 215


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