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Author Abeln, Paul

Title William Dean Howells and the Ends of Realism
Edition 1st ed
Published Florence Taylor and Francis, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (140 pages)
Series Studies in Major Literary Authors
Studies in major literary authors.
Contents Book Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Prologue -- 1 "The Error He Championed": The Minister's Charge and Howells after The Rise of Silas Lapham -- 2 A Hazard of New Fortunes and the "Aesthetic Immaturity of the American Reader" -- 3 "Disintegrating under the Reader's Eye": The Aging Howells and His Public, 1890-1920 -- 4 The Leatherwood God and My Mark Twain: The Importance of Samuel Clemens in Howells's Literary Imagination after 1910 -- 5 The Vacation of the Kelwyns, "The Critical Bookstore," and Henry James's "Right of Leaning Back" -- Appendix -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary Despite efforts at revival by John Updike and others, William Dean Howells still remains in the shadows of his close friends Mark Twain and Henry James. This book works against decades of unfavorable comparisons with these literary giants. William Dean Howells and the Ends of Realism helps us to see him as a writer very much aware of his limitations and of his enormous importance in the development of an American literary tradition. A close look at his late works gives us a richer understanding of this powerful moment of transition in American literature, a moment when Howells and his venerable friends were inspiring and anointing a new generation of writers and taking a long, hard look at their own legacies and contributions
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Subject Electronic books. -- local
Howells, William Dean, -- 1837-1920 -- Criticism and interpretation
Realism in literature.
Realism in literature.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0203499492