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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|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 rural Vermont to Boston in order to try and improve his social position. The consequences of which are both humorous and tragic. A sharp contrast is drawn between 'new' and 'old' money by William Dean Howells in this classic work, for which he is best known.|
|local_callnumber_santafe||Fiction Howells, W|
|owning_library_santafe||Santa Fe Public Library|
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Boston (Mass.) -- Fiction
Businessmen -- Fiction
Howells, William Dean, -- 1837-1920. -- Rise of Silas Lapham
Rich people -- Fiction
Socialites -- Fiction
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The Rise of Silas Lapham [electronic resource] Howells, William Dean.
The rise of Silas Lapham / introd. by Harry Hayden Clark
The rise of Silas Lapham [electronic resource] / William Dean Howells
The rise of Silas Lapham [electronic resource] Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920.
|title_short||The rise of Silas Lapham|
Howells, William Dean