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The Realism of Henry James

Though Henry James (1843–1916) was an American novelist, he saw the word “American” as embracing a certain cultural openness, or in his words, a “fusion and synthesis of the various National tendencies of the world.”1 The experience underlying James’ creative and critical work was international in scope. 1,546 more words

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The Realism of William Dean Howells

Regarded by many as the major American novelist and critic of his age, William Dean Howells (1837–1920) began his career as a printer and journalist. He became sub-editor and then chief editor of the most prestigious journal on the East coast, … 2,046 more words

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Ulysses S. Grant and "The Babies"

My wife recently sent to me a photo of our six-month-old son with his foot in his mouth. That’s a feat I, in adulthood, occasionally still pull off, although in a less envious way and with more embarrassment. 1,154 more words

Review: The Rise of Silas Lapham

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3 of 5 stars to The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells. Most of the works of literature that made up the canon during the late nineteenth century were classified as realistic literature. 576 more words

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Tolstoy Journal, April 1, 2017:"all things as they are."

War and Peace, done! Started today to read Anna Karenina, Volume VII of the Works. I’m not sure why, but the volumes in this series differ on their title pages. 991 more words

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