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The Rise of Silas Lapham.

by William Dean Howells

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New York, NY Random House: Vintage Books. Library of America Series. , 1991. Paperback First Edition Thus (1991), so stated; First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. The Original Edition was published in 1885. First Edition Thus (1991), so stated; First Printing indicated by a complete numerical sequence. Very Near Fine in Wraps: shows only mild rubbing to the panels and a hint of shelf soiling to the bottom edge of the text pages; else flawless; the binding is square and secure; the text is clean. Free of any creases to the covers. Free of creases to the backstrip. Free of any creased or dog-eared pages in the text. Free of any underlining, hi-lighting or marginalia or marks in the text. Free of ownership names, dates, addresses, notations, inscriptions, stamps, or labels. A handsome very nearly-new copy, structurally sound and tightly bound, showing the mildest wear and a minor, unobtrusive flaw. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. (8 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches). xx, 354 pages. Edited with an Introduction by Kermit Vanderbilt. Language: English. Weight: 9.5 ounces. Library of America Series. The Original Edition was published in 1885. Trade Paperback.

William Dean Howells was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio, on March 1, 1837. His father was a printer and newspaperman, and the family moved from town to town. Howells went to school where he could. As a boy he began learning the printer’s skill. By the time he was in his teens he was setting type for his own verse. Between 1856 and 1861 he worked as a reporter for the Ohio State Journal . About this time his poems began to appear in the Atlantic Monthly . His campaign biography of Abraham Lincoln, compiled in 1860, prompted the administration to offer him the consulship at Venice, a post he held from 1861 to 1865. He married Elinor Gertrude Meade, a young woman from Vermont, in 1862 Paris. On his return to the United States in 1865, Howells worked in New York before going to Boston as assistant to James T. Fields of The Atlantic Monthly . In 1871 he became editor-in-chief of the magazine. In this position he worked with many young writers, among them Mark Twain and Henry James, both of whom became his close friends. His first novel, Their Wedding Journey , appeared in 1872. The Rise of Silas Lapham was serialized in Century Magazine before it was published in book form in 1885. A Hazard of New Fortunes was published five years later. His position as critic, writer, and enthusiastic exponent of the new realism earned William Dean Howells the respected title of Dean of American Letters. He died in 1920.




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