William Dean Howells and the Ends of Realism

William Dean Howells and the Ends of Realism

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Despite efforts at revival by John Updike and others, William Dean Howells still remains in the shadows of his close friends Mark Twain and Henry James. This book works against decades of unfavorable comparisons with these literary giants. William Dean Howells and the Ends of Realism helps us to see him as a writer very much aware of his limitations and of his enormous importance in the development of an American literary tradition. A close look at his late works gives us a richer understanding of this powerful moment of transition in American literature, a moment when Howells and his venerable friends were inspiring and anointing a new generation of writers and taking a long, hard look at their own legacies and contributions.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 331g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1138987158
  • 9781138987159

About Paul Abeln

Paul Abeln received his Ph.D. American and Comparative Literature from Washington University in 2000.show more

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter 1: "The Error He Championed:" The Minister's Charge and Howells after The Rise of Silas Lapham Chapter 2: A Hazard of New Fortunes and the "Aesthetic Immaturity" of the American Reader Chapter 3: "Disintegrating Under the Reader's Eye": The Aging Howells and his Public, 1890-1920 Chapter 4: The Leatherwood God and My Mark Twain: The Importance of Samuel Clemens in Howells's Literary Imagination after 1910 Chapter 5: The Vacation of the Kelwyns, "The Critical Bookstore," and Henry James's "Right of Leaning Back." Conclusion Bibliography Indexshow more