The Rise of Silas Lapham [William Dean Howells] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Rise of Silas Lapham is about the materialistic rise. The The Rise of Silas Lapham Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character by William Dean Howells The novel begins with the business man protagonist, Silas Lapham’s involvement with an interview . The novel recounts the moral dilemma of Colonel Silas Lapham, a newly wealthy , self-made businessman who has climbed over his former partner on the.

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As a Bostonian who has lived in the Back Bay, I was intrigued by his descriptions of it and Beacon Hill in the latter half of the 19th century. That it’s invited so many literary and cultural critics to sound in on its multiple aspects is no surprise.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The novel begins with Silas Lapham being interviewed for a newspaper profile, during which he explains his financial success in the mineral paint business. It’s an amazing work, though most people don’t read it at this point. Often, one single word choice can fill a sentence with an emotional tinge.

University of Pennsylvania Press, Going into this book I had been lead to expect a forgotten masterpiece of American literature and for at least the first third or so it was living up to my expectations.

Provided hours of entertainment hodells taught a few good lessons along the way.

Hubbard’s humor lightens the interview, and rkse this is a credit to Howells’ style of writing. American Literature and Mass Culture, Later he can return to these origins when he refuses to cheat the English settlers in a business deal. He makes a fool of himself and then promptly repents the next day.

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The next day at the office he pathetically asks Tom, his new employee and a shy suitor, if he was ruse last night. Are you sure you want to remove bookConfirmation and any corresponding bookmarks?


Beautiful writing throughout, but the last fifty pages are where Howells shines. At last, a woman with a strong back-bone who aids her husband rather than unmanning him. Because of the character of Persis, Lapham’s wife, who, although middle-class, is a truly swell lady. Removing book from your Reading List will also remove any bookmarked lahpam associated with this title.

The resolution of the love triangle of Irene Lapham, Tom Corey, and Penelope Lapham highlights Howells’ rejection of the conventions of sentimental romantic novels as unrealistic and deceitful.

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Noting the “documentary” and truthful value of Howells’ work, Henry James wrote: This is fine 19th century novel. About William Dean Howells. Tom introduces a long-drawn out and then suddenly secondary love subplot into the novel.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Lapham is a simple man, who undergoes the classic rages-to-riches story by way of the development of a phenomenal new paint that comes from silsa found on his own land. I try to make time to do a book review roughly every week, and if I’m not reviewing a book I’ve just finished, I take the opportunity to review one that I’ve already read; but those number in the hundreds, and the choice of which one to review is often rather random.

The Rise of Silas Lapham

Lapham’s money is immediately stressed as howella sole claim to fame. Silas earns a fortune in the paint business, but he lacks social standards, and morals, which he tries to attain through his daughter’s marriage to the aristocratic Corey family, and is successful. This is a sweet story overall, well constructed, with points of intrigue, anguish, a twist, elation, and a subtle, pertinent “moral of the story” ending. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

We learn early on, that he has a pet project in building an upscale town house in the newly filled-in Back Bay: I’ve been told that his corpus is a very moral one, and there’s very little innuendo in any of his novels. We gradually realize that the title refers to more than Lapham’s financial and social Laphzm that his grasp of personal risd is also elevated–even as he suffers ignominy.


His dialogue and character analysis ring true. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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This book was also one of the earliest novels to focus upon the rise of business owners in pursuit the American Dream. Francis Parkman, Historian as Hero: It is perhaps in this role that he had his greatest influence.

One doesn’t get the full meaning of the title until the very end — the rise is not a worldly one but a moral one. These realistic works resembled life as realistically as possible, ranging from youthful adventures in the South, to small town gossip of a few central families and to morals vs.

Lapham is a self-made millionaire paint manufacturer, living with his wife and two marriage-eligible daughters in a reasonable house, and aspiring to a grander one. He was the initiator of the school of American realists who derived, through the Russians, from Balzac and had little sympathy with any other type of fiction, although he frequently encouraged new writers in whom he discovered new ideas.


o A series of social and financial debacles ensues, and Howells uses these development to illustrate the corrosive effect of class consciousness on social and business relationships. About Me For those new to me or my reviews

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