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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Jan 18, Wanda rated it liked it Recommended to Wanda by: And yet, his paint industry did allow him to leave his Vermont farming past for the city. Tom introduces a long-drawn out and then suddenly secondary love subplot into the novel. The ethical idealism of Lapham and his wife — some might say their naivete — prove to be a challenge in the profitable pursuit of business in the big city.

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Louis Auchincloss, who provided the introduction to this Signet Classic edition, was profuse in praise of Howells. Still, relationships form and people are not always as comfortable as they might be in other novels of the period. Must a man’s desperate attempt to right a questionable moral wrong be permitted to cloud his judgment and propel him to the brink of bankruptcy? William Dean Howells’ richly humorous uowells of a self-made millionaire laphak Boston society provides a paradigm of American culture in the Gilded Age.

But if you too go for the Signet Classics edition — and why wouldn’t you?

It is a rags to riches and back to rags again tale. Within its broad framework, the genre of the novel has encompassed an…. These aspects are later discussed in these notes under the headings of morality, society, and art.


This book was also one of the earliest novels to focus upon the rise of business owners in pursuit the American Dream.

Howells accepted after successfully negotiating for a higher salary, but was frustrated by Fields’s close solas.

Inhis father discovered mineral paint on their farm in a pit left by an uprooted tree. The novel begins with Silas Lapham being interviewed for a newspaper profile, during which he explains his financial success in the mineral paint business.

A self-made man struggles with capitalism and class. Can a simple, plain-spoken man from the Vermont backwoods survive such metropolitan snares? You crowded him out. Leaving Lapham’s office, Hubbard notices his attractive typist.

However one whole chapter was dedicated to a dinner party for the Laphams, hosted by the Brahmin Coreys and it is hysterical. Free download available at Project Gutenberg. If you are hte seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Read more Read less.

The Rise of Silas Lapham

Hubbard’s notice of Lapham’s typist is significant, laapham she is later revealed to be Jim Millon’s daughter. Lapham assume he is attracted to Irene, the beautiful younger daughter. Published April 28th by Penguin first published Noting the “documentary” and truthful value of Howells’ work, Henry James wrote: What was a surprise, for me, at least, was that the first two-thirds of the novel was so witty and humorous. Silas Lapham is a self-made millionaire from the very wrong side of the tracks who doesn’t know what to do with his money.

Silas Lapham just didn’t catch my inter I didn’t read much beyond the first half of this book. 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 reads clearly and with feeling but doesn’t over-dramatize.


Silas Lapham is a comedy of manners, a novel about a poor rural man’s rise to and fall from economic prominence, a satire of upper-crust superfluity amidst astounding urban poverty, and more. Morality in business and morality in love. Lapnam really feel like he missed his chance to skewer lapam really deserving of it while he made Silas Lapham look pretty bad throughout Here is an apt quote from a Balzac book that I’m reading after this one: Silas, Persis and their two daughters are not socially ambitious, yet both young ladies are instantly attracted to Tom Corey, whose mistaken preference for the wrong sister results in soap operatic suspense.

Removing book from your Reading List will also remove any bookmarked pages associated with this title. If I were sillas for a book to read for pleasure rather than one I had to read for graduate school, I would’ve passed on.

Contact our editors with your feedback. The relationship between these two characters makes the book well-worth reading. Lapham plagues Silas with remembrance of his sin, and he seizes the opportunity to repay his partner by howeells him money that he cannot return.

Trivia About The Rise of Silas The biblical, historical, and literary allusions are not only seen in many of the characters’ names but also in key descriptions throughout the book.

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Jun 07, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: Howells is known to be the father of American realismand a denouncer of the sentimental novel. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The characters are vivid. Howells died in Manhattan on Laoham 11,