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The Rise of Silas Lapham
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Extensive historical annotations have been added to the text of this Norton Critical Edition.



The process of composition is followed through Howells' initial sketches and letters. Analysis of the contemporary stereotypes and myths that Howells parodied in his novel is provided by Robert Falk, Clark W. Bryan, Theodore Dreiser, and Robie Macauley, and by letters from Roswell Smith to Howells.



Contemporary responses by friends and readers, and by critics, illustrate the misunderstanding and hostility with which realistic fiction was sometimes greeted in Howells' time. Critical essays by Donald Pizer, William R. Manierre II, John E. Hart, Harold H. Kolb, George N. Bennett, Everett Carter, and G. Thomas Tanselle represent a variety of ways in which the novel has engaged the attention of critics as well as a broad selection of the critical methods that have been applied to it.



As one of the primary documents of American literary realism, the novel raises questions as to the meaning and utility of realism as an aesthetic ideal. These questions are treated in essays by C. Hugh Holman, Henry James, Larzer Ziff, Edwin H. Cady, Robert M. Figg, Charles L. Campbell, and Howells himself.



A Selected Bibliography is also included.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writersEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900Fiction & PoetryClassic fiction pre 1945 Publisher: WW Norton & Co Publication Date: 24/11/1982 ISBN-13: 9780393091656  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Don L. Cook is Professor of English at Indiana University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and has been granted a Fulbright award, an American Philosophical Society grant, and an Eli Lilly Open Fellowship. He is one of the editors of A Selected Edition of W. D. Howells; he has also edited The Algerine Captive by Royall Tyler and has headed the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions and the Association for Documentary Editing.

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