The Garotters

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Sprache - Englisch

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In 'The Garotters,' William Dean Howells delves into a lighter vein of fiction than his usual realist novels, exploring the comedic potential of mistaken identity and miscommunication in turn-of-the-century America. This playfully satirical work reflects Howells' deft touch with dialogue and character, while situating itself in the broader context of late 19th-century literature, which often grappled with the complexities of an increasingly urban and industrial society. Encapsulating themes of social pretense and the absurdity of urban mores, Howells' work transcends its period setting to speak to the enduring follies of human nature. The book, resplendently reproduced by DigiCat Publishing, honors the literary style and finesse of Howells with the respect afforded to classic world literature.
William Dean Howells, often referred to as the 'Dean of American Letters,' was known for his literary realism and insightful exploration of contemporary society. As a prominent literary figure of his time, Howells sought to portray the intricate details of daily life with authenticity and a keen moral sense. In penning 'The Garotters,' Howells may have been influenced by the advent of vaudeville and the rise of farcical plays, harnessing this theatricality to mirror the quirks of the era's social structures. His lifetime of work as an editor, critic, and author provided him with a unique vantage point from which to critique the social norms of his day, a theme evident in the satirical undercurrents of this play.
'The Garotters,' provided in this carefully curated edition by DigiCat Publishing, is recommended for readers who seek a classic look at American humor with a keenly observant eye toward social commentary. Students and admirers of the literary realism movement will find Howells' sharp wit and careful craftsmanship a delightful study in the confluence of narrative and societal critique. It offers a brief yet insightful reprieve from his more serious works and an entertaining reflection on the absurdity and pretense hidden in the folds of everyday life.


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William Dean Howells (1837–1920) stands out as a pivotal figure in American literature, often referred to as the 'Dean of American Letters' during the late 19th century. With his literature deeply rooted in the Realism movement, Howells sought to depict everyday life and society without the romantic idealization prevalent in the writings of his predecessors. Born on March 1, 1837, in Martinsville, now part of Martins Ferry, Ohio, Howells rose from modest origins to become a powerful literary editor, critic, and prolific author, with an extensive array of novels, short stories, plays, and poems to his credit.

Howells' novel 'The Garotters' (1886) reflects his keen interest in social issues and his characteristic humor. As an author, Howells was known for his comedic touch and his satirical edge, elements that he employed to challenge and engage his readers with contemporary societal norms. His realistic portrayal of American life extended beyond entertainment to operate as a subtle critique of the stratifications and mores of his time. Howells' contribution to American literature extends beyond his own works. He nurtured and supported younger writers, and his role in the literary scene of his era helped shape the direction of American literary realism. His commitment to literature was evident in his long tenure as editor of 'The Atlantic Monthly' and his presidency of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Howells' influence continues, with his works remaining a subject for scholarly discussion for their stylistic precision and their insightful observation of the American condition.

Produkt Details

Verlag: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Sprache: English

Umfang: 24 Seiten

Größe: 383,2 KB

ISBN: 8596547373988

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