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The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

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The Rise of Silas Lapham is a captivating narrative from one of the foremost figures in American literature, William Dean Howells. This Limited Editions Club copy, beautifully illustrated by Mimi Korach, is an exclusive gem, being the 10th out of only 1500 copies printed and signed by Korach herself.

The story unveils the rollercoaster journey of Silas Lapham, a self-made man who earned his wealth in the mineral paint industry. From his rural roots in Vermont to his affluent lifestyle in Boston, we observe his trials, tribulations, and moral dilemmas. A poignant exploration of the American Dream, the novel is a perceptive commentary on the ethics of business and the uneasiness that wealth often brings.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century Boston society, Howells crafts a rich, realistic landscape, replete with human drama and social politics. Lapham's rise is marred by his struggle to find a footing amidst the cultural elite, his family's ambition, and his own integrity. The novel deftly brings to life a period of American history, illuminating the challenges of upward mobility and the cost of ambition.

This Limited Editions Club edition, introduced by the renowned historian Henry Steele Commager, breathes new life into Howells' timeless classic. Each of the 365 pages is graced with Korach's evocative illustrations that enhance the reader's journey through the opulence, hypocrisy, and moral dilemmas of late 19th-century American society.

The Rise of Silas Lapham is not just a novel—it is an exploration of the American ethos, a study of characters caught in the wheel of fortune. This rare, signed edition is a valuable addition for any discerning collector or lover of American literature, promising not only a compelling narrative but also a visually stunning reading experience.


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  • Author: William Dean Howells
  • Illustrator: Mimi Korach
  • Edition: Limited Editions Club
  • Print Run: 1500 copies
  • Copy Number: 10th
  • Signature: Signed by Mimi Korach
  • Introduction: Henry Steele Commager
  • Pages: 365
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