The rise of Silas Lapham

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Vintage Books/Library of America, 1982 - Fiction - 354 pages
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A skeptical portrait of American business life and its perils, celebrating not the rise but the loss of fortune that makes possible the hero's recovery of his earlier integrity and happiness.

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Silas Lapham, a decorated former officer in the Civil War, makes a fortune in the Civil War, but, because of his countrified manners, has difficulties in introducing himself and his daughters (who ... Read full review

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The Wednesday morning Keele 'Continuing and Professional Education' class today featured The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885). Hard going to read this for me, but rewarding on looking back at and through ... Read full review

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William Dean Howells is one of the most imporatant of 19th century American fiction writers, author of The Hazard of New Fortunes and Indian Summer, among dozens of other works.

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