Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern Volume 19

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byCharles Dudley Warner

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...Its objectivity is heightened by the author's fidelity to the facts of the case. Its humor is unmistakable. Moreover, it is written with that marvelous clearness of diction, that easy command of current idiom, which constitute Howells's strongest claim to a great style. The author says what he means in unmistakable language. He never sacrifices lucidity to effect. He never indulges in mere word-painting. His essays are as satisfactory as his novels in this respect. Mr. Howells's latest phase, that in which he shows a deep desire to understand and set forth the strenuous American social problems,--the meaning of socialism, the relations of labor and capital, and, more broadly, the mystery of poverty and of human suffering,--is typified in a book like 'A Hazard of New Fortunes.' It is American in its scenes and characters, and all through it is a sense of the dramatic unrest of current conditions in a great city like New York,--the stormy and pathetic episode quoted being the culmination of causes which attract the most earnest thought of Howells, an ideal statement thereof coming out in such a volume as the suggestive 'A Traveler from Altruria.' The absence of idealism in Howells's writings has been cited as their gravest defect; but it is by no means true that he excludes the ideal sides of life from treatment. In the main, however, it is enough for him to present the lives of men without comment, after nature's own fashion. The American world of letters owes him a lasting debt of gratitude in that he has made his presentation with fidelity to a high ideal of artistic excellence. Since the year 1881, when he resigned the editorship of the Atlantic Monthly, he has lived first in Boston and later in New York, devoting himself to the writing...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...Its objectivity is heightened by the author's fidelity to the facts of the case. Its humor is unmistakable. Mor...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.33 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217501842

ISBN - 13:9780217501842

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