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Annie Kilburn

3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  22 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Author of "Indian Summer", "The Rise of Silas Lapham" and "April Hopes" etc.
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Published (first published 1888)
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Jul 25, 2009 Josie rated it it was ok
1890ish: not that different from now.

I guess this is the kind of book I read for the scenery, in this case a small New England town a hundred years ago. It is a novel of ideas ("can charity ever create closeness between giver and recipient?") and thus kind of silly.

Sep 22, 2016 Kathie rated it liked it
Thirty-something Annie has been living in Italy for eleven years. She returns to her home town in northeast United States after her father dies. Plunged back into society of the small town and reacquainting herself with old friends, she becomes aware of the distinct social classes in the town. Annie observes that in all the effort the widowed minister takes to help the poor and needy of the town he seems to neglect his own young child for whom she could afford to do, and would like to do, much ...more
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Mar 29, 2013 Christopher Sutch rated it really liked it
With the exception of _Indian Summer_, this was the novel I most enjoyed by Howells. The "realism" that won him his literary reputation is displayed with full effectiveness for the first time in my experience of the author's work in this novel about a wealthy American woman who returns to her hometown. Howells's portrait of Annie and her misadventures with the ill-fated "Social Union," an attempt by wealthy vacationers to rural Massachusetts to foster good relations between the social "classes," ...more
Apr 16, 2016 Ceejay rated it really liked it
This late 19th century American novel by Wm. Dean Howells is an intereting read. Mr. Howells' socialistic beliefs and his part in the American literary school of realism are both seen in this work. People like Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, and Wm. Dean Howells paved the way for modern 2oth century novels. This particular novel questions the relationship between the social classes in America. It also questions organized religion's part in dealing with the haves and the have nots. If you allow ...more
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Willam Dean Howells was a novelist, short story writer, magazine editor, and mentor who wrote for various magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and Harper's Magazine.

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
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