A Sleep and a Forgetting
A major figure in nineteenth-century letters, Howells influenced a generation of American writers. In this tale, a young doctor abroad is asked to heal a beautiful woman who has mysteriously lost her memory. He must explore the boundaries between memory, sleep, and knowing-and finally, he must explore his own heart.
Then there's about twenty pages in there (a considerable amount, considering that it's an eighty-page novella) that gets all "and then they trod the dewy pasture lane" or whatever and it gets just so... sentimental....more
Melville Hose Publishing has come out with a series ‘The Art of the Novella’ in which they aim to publish short fiction or novella – too short to be a novel,...more
So I sat down with great anticipation to read A Sleep and a Forgetting. While there is some sly wit, this short novella was a slog. The book is of historical interest since it explores ideas in clinical psychology from a turn-of-the-century perspective. But the characters and their experiences are ideas. Without flesh-and-blood characters undergoing credible experiences the whole thing becomes an anemic ac...more
In January 1866 James Fields offered him the assistant editor role at the Atlantic Monthly. Howells accepted after successfully negotiating for a higher salary, but was frustrated by Fields's close supervision. Howells was made e...more