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by William Dean Howells

  • ISBN: 0253338557
  • Author: William Dean Howells
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  • Rating: 4.9 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 368
  • Publisher: Indiana Univ Press; New edition edition (August 1, 1978)
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William Dean Howells was born in Martin's Ferry, Ohio on March 1, 1837 Although he wrote over a 100 books in various genres including novels, poems, literary criticism, plays, memoirs, and travel narratives, he is best known for his realistic fiction.

William Dean Howells was born in Martin's Ferry, Ohio on March 1, 1837. He dropped out of school to work as a typesetter and a printer's apprentice. He taught himself through intensive reading and the study of Spanish, French, Latin, and German. Although he wrote over a 100 books in various genres including novels, poems, literary criticism, plays, memoirs, and travel narratives, he is best known for his realistic fiction. His novels include A Modern Instance, The Rise of Silas Lapham, A Hazard of New Fortunes, The Undiscovered Country, A Chance Acquaintance, An Imperative Duty, Annie Kilburn, and The Coast of Bohemia.

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Grave of William Dean Howells, in Cambridge Cemetery. The Garroters: A Farce (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1886). The Minister's Charge: or The Apprenticeship of Lemuel Barker (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & C. 1886). Lives and Speeches of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin (New York, W. A. Townsend & C. Columbus, Follett, Foster & c. 1860). Modern Italian Poets: Essays and Versions (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1887). April Hopes: A Novel (Edinburgh: David Douglas 1887; New York: Harper & Brothers, 1888).

The minister's charge. The Lady of the Aroostook. By William Dean Howells. Through the Eye of the Needle: A Romance.

The Minister's Charge was published in the midst of some of Howells's best work, but this particular novel suffers from two competing impulses, and biographers note that he started this novel, put it down for a while, and then picked it up and finished it, and it really shows

The Minister's Charge was published in the midst of some of Howells's best work, but this particular novel suffers from two competing impulses, and biographers note that he started this novel, put it down for a while, and then picked it up and finished it, and it really shows. The first half is the bumpkin in the city, making all the mistakes of a country fool. Somewhere in the middle, Howells begins to feel sorry for him, and portrays the society around Lemuel as the problem, and his simple ways become a simple wisdom in dealing with the problems of city life. He gets a decent job,.

by William Dean Howells. Select Format: Hardcover. ISBN13: 9780253338556. Release Date: March 1978. Publisher: Indiana University Press.

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The Minister's Charge: The Apprenticeship of Lemuel Barker. William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was an American realist author and literary critic. He wrote his first novel, Their Wedding Journey, in 1871, but his literary reputation really took off with the realist novel A Modern Instance, published in 1882, which describes the decay of a marriage. His 1885 novel The Rise of Silas Lapham is perhaps his best known, describing the rise and fall of an American entrepreneur in the paint business. His social views were also strongly reflected in the novels Annie Kilburn (1888) and A Hazard of New Fortunes (1890).

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The Minister's Charge was published in the midst of some of Howells's best work, but this particular novel suffers from two competing impulses, and biographers note that he started this novel, put it down for a while, and then picked it up and finished it, and it really shows.

The first half is the bumpkin in the city, making all the mistakes of a country fool. Somewhere in the middle, Howells begins to feel sorry for him, and portrays the society around Lemuel as the problem, and his simple ways become a simple wisdom in dealing with the problems of city life. He gets a decent job, reads and improves himself, and suddenly finds an interesting girl who also seems to interest Howells. While Lemuel finds himself caught up with a previous lover, the new girl tries to pry him loose but fails, and it seems that Howells loses all interest in the novel and finishes it suddenly, by leaving Lemuel alone and injured. The narrator promises him a path out, but the novel is over. The best part of this novel is the representation of a working class couple struggling to make ends meet, which is not common for a Howells novel. Modern Instance and The Hazards of New Fortune are much better works for anyone dabbling in Howells's middle period novels.
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Country boy Lemuel Barker comes to the big city (Boston); there he works menial jobs, is taken for a sucker, is even arrested - but also falls in love. After many adventures, he returns to his country town with his bride. The major problem here is that all the secondary characters are better portrayed than the main character, Lemuel. He is stiff and dull where he could have been comic. Some of the middle sections of the book really drag. The end sounds as if Howells was planning a sequel, but it never came off. Not one of his major works.

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