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"In those dim recesses of the consciousness where things have their beginning, if ever things have a beginning, I suppose the origin of this novel may be traced to a fact of a fortnight's sojourn on the western shore of lake Champlain in the summer of 1891. Across the water in the State of Vermont I had constantly before my eyes a majestic mountain form which the earlier ...more
Hardcover, 461 pages
Published 1897 by Harper & Brothers Publishers
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tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I got this at a bkstore that's closing up shop. This is at least the 7th bkstore to do so in PGH in the 17 yrs I've lived here. Only 1 bkstore that I can think of has replaced them. Not a good sign. On the spine of this 1897 hardback the author's name is written as "HOWELLS". When I bought it (for a dollar) I thought it read "HGWELLS". This bk is almost physically identical in size & color
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Kristin Boluch
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing, concerning an artist who frequents an inn at New Hampshire and views its progress as concordant with the changes in the nation. The inn becomes profitable and as its young son grows up and becomes landlord, his social climbing corresponds with the rise of new money and the change in values - capitalism versus republican. Reminds me of the themes of Adams' Virgin and the Dynamo. In the meantime, the artist is attempting to realistically capture the "reality" of the mountain ...more
Ram
Aug 28, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Its a story of a transformation of an impoverished New England farm into a successful summer hotel and of the characters played out in its success.
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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
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