The rise of Silas Lapham
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. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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|Grouping Title||rise of silas lapham|
|Grouping Author||howells william dean|
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|author||Howells, William Dean.|
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|detailed_location_boulder||Boulder Main Adult Fiction|
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|display_description||"The Rise of Silas Lapham" is William Dean Howells' 1885 novel which tells the story of its title character, who inherits his father's paint business and subsequently makes a great deal of money. Silas moves his family from their home in rural Vermont to Boston in order to try and improve his social position. The consequences of his ambitions for his family are both humorous and tragic. He attempts to see his younger and lovelier daughter married off to an aristocratic Boston family as a way to gain entry into the higher social strata, but his manipulations do not go as planned. Silas also gets involved in dubious business schemes that result in the loss of most of his fortune and the family is forced to move back to their country home, though Silas is able to preserve his morality even as he loses his wealth. Howells is often considered the father of American realism and he denounced the romanticism so often found in novels of his era. "The Rise of Silas Lapham" shows that Howells earned his reputation fairly in this unflinching portrayal of wealth, social hierarchy, and the vast gulf that can exist between city and country values. This edition includes a biographical afterword.|
|owning_library_boulder||Boulder Public Library|
|owning_location_boulder||Boulder Main Library|
|series||Penguin American library|
|series_with_volume||Penguin American library||
|subject_facet||Boston (Mass.) -- Fiction|
Businessmen -- Fiction
Howells, William Dean, -- 1837-1920. -- Rise of Silas Lapham
Rich people -- Fiction
Socialites -- Fiction
|title_display||The rise of Silas Lapham|
|title_full||The Rise of Silas Lapham|
The Rise of Silas Lapham [electronic resource] Howells, William Dean.
The rise of Silas Lapham / William Dean Howells
The rise of Silas Lapham / William Dean Howells ; with an introduction by Kermit Vanderbilt
The rise of Silas Lapham [electronic resource] / William Dean Howells
The rise of Silas Lapham [electronic resource] Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920.
The rise of Silas Lapham; [electronic resource] Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920.
|title_short||The rise of Silas Lapham|
Howells, William Dean