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The Shadow of a Dream and An Imperative Duty

ISBN13: 9780742534025
ISBN: 0742534022
Binding: Paperback
List Price: $37.95
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Published Date:
Pages: 240
Average Goodreads rating: 3.86/5 (3 ratings)

These two nouvelles mark Howells' plunge into psychological realism. Their themes-a triangle of tragic agonies with psychological insights intriguingly proto-Freudian, and a drama of miscegenation-are anything but the "smiling", lightweight topics to which Howells has been supposed to have been confined. The maturity both of their art and of their moral insight lends them an impact much deeper and more permanent than that of the shriller, more merely commercial shocking fiction of our day. Edwin H. Cady's introduction places the books in the context of the development of Howells' life, work, art, thought, and sensibility. He helps the reader make immediate contact with the artistic methods and intentions of the author.