William Dean Howells' richly humorous characterization of a self-made millionaire in Boston society provides a paradigm of American culture in the Gilded Age. After establishing a fortune in the paint business, Silas Lapham moves his family from their Vermont farm to the city of Boston, where they awkwardly attempt to break into Brahmin society. Silas, greedy for wealth as well as prestige, brings his company to the brink of bankruptcy, and the family is forced to return to Vermont, financially ruined but morally renewed. As Kermit Vanderbilt points out in his introduction,
Paperback: 400 pages
Book Condition: Used/Collectible - Good light to medium wear with beige/yellowing pages/brown water mark spots due to age
Publisher: Penguin Classics (April 28, 1983)
Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
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