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Domestic Biographies

Stowe, Howells, James, and Wharton at Home

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Elif S. Armbruster

Domestic Biographies: Stowe, Howells, James, and Wharton at Home presents comparative domestic biographies of four American Realist writers: Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Dean Howells, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. Drawing upon extensive primary sources to reconstruct the authors’ private lives, Domestic Biographies illuminates how they lived when no one was looking. In particular this book examines how the authors worked and wrote at home and how their home life in turn made its way into their novels and non-fiction. Domestic Biographies offers an innovative and exciting architectural and domestic lens through which to study the lives and literature of America’s best-known Realists.

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ILLUSTRATIONS 1.1 Harriet Beecher Stowe .....................................................................31 1.2 Stowe’s “Oakholm,” Hartford, CT....................................................31 2.1 William Dean Howells with his family ...........................................63 2.2 Howells’s “Redtop,” Belmont, MA....................................................63 3.1 Henry James .....................................................................................94 3.2 James’s “Lamb House,” Rye, England ............................................94 4.1 Edith Wharton ................................................................................127 4.2 Wharton’s “The Mount,” Lenox, MA .............................................127

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