Rise of Silas Lapham

Rise of Silas Lapham

Signet Classics
by William D. Howells
Publisher: Signet Classics
Reissue, ©2014, ISBN: 9780451471451
Mass market paperback, 384 pages
List Price: $7.95 Sale Price: $6.36

The Rise of Silas Lapham was the first important novel to center on the American businessman and the first to treat its theme with a realism that foreshadowed the work of modern writers.

In his story of one of the millionaire industrialists who flourished in the post-Civil War years, William Dean Howells probes the moral and social conflicts that confront a self-made man trying to crash Boston’s old-guard aristocracy. Silas Lapham is a man of conscience who fully realizes his folly; but he is also an ambitious man who lets his aspirations lead him to risk both his fortune and his family’s happiness for status in a society that will never truly accept him.

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