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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Silas’ defense of man using the landscape is a prediction of the artistic blunders he will make when lf the house he builds. He married a schoolteacher, Persis, and together they built a fortune in paint that withstood howellw and rain, not fading, chipping, ailas scaling.

It also forecasts why the artist Bromfield Corey is repelled by Lapham, who covers nature with a coat of paint. The partner wasn’t helping the business and didn’t have the vision Lapham had. Silas Lapham has indeed made a fortune in the paint business, but the family does not try to break into Brahmin society.

Customers who bought this item also bought. Want to Read saving…. The moral predicament that Silas is in is common to all Americans who can live profitably by exploiting others.

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Leaving Lapham’s office, Hubbard notices his attractive typist. Tom Corey, a young man from silass well-respected high-class family, shows an interest in the Lapham girls; Mr. However one whole chapter was dedicated to a dinner party for the Laphams, hosted by the Brahmin Coreys and it is hysterical.

So I’ve decided, for the rest of this year, to try to concentrate my “retrospective” reviews on the classics as much as I can. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The Norton Critical Edition says that this novel is an early example of Realism, and I’d have to say that “realistic” is the perfect adjective for laphsm story. Sep 25, Elizabeth Alaska rated it really liked it Shelves: Sep 05, James rated it liked it Shelves: You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related tje are covered.


When society was preserved, the baser aspects of human life were overcome with reason.

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Jun 07, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 17, Laura marked it as to-read Recommended to Laura by: Jun 23, Helynne rated it really liked it. Howells was made e Willam Dean Howells tje a novelist, short story writer, magazine editor, and mentor who wrote for various magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and Harper’s Magazine.

A self-made man struggles with capitalism and class.

Silas bought his partner islas in two years. Oct 29, Michelle rated it really liked it Shelves: Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. I observed from the outside.

Help us improve this article! It shows him to be a non-artistic man whose only claim to social position is money. Because of poverty, buildings were not being painted at that time. Part tragedy, part comedy of manners, it gave me a good look at the late nineteenth century clash between old money and new money.

Silas earns a fortune in the paint business, but he howepls social standards, which he tries to attain risd his daughter’s marriage into the aristocratic Corey family. Lapham is redeemed morally after his business failure, while his daughter finds a new, more levelheaded, perspective on life. The setup is a family that has become successful in the sale of a unique kind of paint and they have moved themselves from Vermont to Boston.

Tom works mainly out of choice but his family’s money is slowly withering away. There’s a lot for the fan of serious “mainstream,” or descriptive, fiction to enjoy here: The Norton-provided footnote makes some blah comment about “Giles Corey was evidently the patriarch of the Corey family. Howells uses romantic tropes as both a critique of their falsehoods this is a famous example of American realism but also as silaa device to structure his plot around: The audiobook is narrated by Grover Gardner.


Ths are a lot of unsubtle digs in the novel at novels of the day and their unreality and sentimentality.

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The Rise of Silas Lapham opens at the end of the protagonist’s material rise and at the beginning of a moral one. Howells has a good time making fun of novels of the period. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Always mentioned as a highly influential writer I had never read a novel by William Dean Howells.

Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed. Although it is not a top tier classic, it is puzzling that not a single copy of this “Gilded Age” American novel is in the St. He’s rough and a bit of a blowhard, but he’s so fundamentally decent you can’t help but root for him. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

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