Reluctant Expatriate: The Life of Harold Frederic

Hardcover | January 8, 1995

byRobert M. Myers

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Although known internationally at the time of his death, Harold Frederic (1856-1898), is best known today as the author of The Damnation of Theron Ware. Using published accounts as well as archival materials unavailable to earlier writers on Frederic, Myers has produced the first full-length biographical and critical study of Frederic, narrating the events of Frederic's early life in Utica, New York, his early career as newspaperman, his appointment as the London correspondent of the New York Times, and his career as a professional author. Frederic was a colorful fellow. As a correspondent in London in the 1890s, he knew Henry James, Stephen Crane, George Gissing, and a host of other literary characters. He fully lived a bohemian life, keeping a real wife and a common-law wife simultaneously, fathering broods of children, writing journalism and novels at a great rate, and dying at 42 of overwork--partly because he let his second wife talk him into refusing medical help (leading to a scandalous court case). Myers concentrates on four main themes: Frederic as an expatriate; his work as representative of the transition from realism to naturalism in American literature; Frederic as a transitional author in the shift from 19th century to 20th century styles of publishing; and Frederic as a representative of the "fin de siecle." Myers has worked extensively with Frederic's correspondence as well as in publishers' archives (especially Scribner's), and he sees Frederic as a writer who flourished just as the American literary marketplace was being transformed from the rather poky 19th-century model into the faster-paced 20th-century version so familiar today. This biography will interest notjust specialists and Frederic scholars, but also anyone with an interest in American literary culture in one of its defining moments.

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Although known internationally at the time of his death, Harold Frederic (1856-1898), is best known today as the author of The Damnation of Theron Ware. Using published accounts as well as archival materials unavailable to earlier writers on Frederic, Myers has produced the first full-length biographical and critical study of Frederic,...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:216 pagesPublished:January 8, 1995Publisher:Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated

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ISBN - 10:0313292566

ISBN - 13:9780313292569

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