ISBN 9780140390308,Rise Of Silas Lapham

Rise Of Silas Lapham

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ISBN 9780140390308
Publisher

Penguin UK

Publication Year 1983
ISBN-13

ISBN 9780140390308

ISBN-10 0140390308
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 368 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Fiction

William Dean Howells' richly humorous characterization of a self-made millionaire in Boston society provides a paradigm of American culture in the Gilded Age. After establishing a fortune in the paint business, Silas Lapham moves his family from their Vermont farm to the city of Boston, where they awkwardly attempt to break into Brahmin society. Silas, greedy for wealth as well as prestige, brings his company to the brink of bankruptcy, and the family is forced to return to Vermont, financially ruined but morally renewed. As Kermit Vanderbilt points out in his introduction, the novel focuses on important themes in the American literary tradition: the efficacy of self-help and determination, the ambiguous benefits of social and economic progress, and the continual contradiction between urban and pastoral values.

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