This classic of American realism depicts a clash of old and new worlds. Its portrait of a failing marriage explores social and moral issues involving family life and women's traditional roles.This classic of American realism depicts a clash of old and new worlds. Its portrait of a failing marriage explores social and moral issues involving family life and women's traditional roles.Read Less
Very good. Appearance of only slight previous use. Cover and binding show a little wear. All pages are undamaged with potentially only a few, small markings. Help save a tree. Buy all your used books from Thriftbooks. Read. Recycle and Reuse.
Good. Highlighting/underlining. Trade paperback (US). Good. Good reading copy. Tight binding. No binding creases. Name on 1st pg. Crease on upper back corner. Light underlining. Glued binding. 496 p. Penguin American Library. Audience: General/trade. First written in 1882, a 'Modern Instance' was the first serious treatment of divorce. William Dean Howells was a leading American novelist, a champion of realism in American literature.
It's one of the first American novels about divorce, but it isn't just about that. It's about personal responsibility, and unacknowledged motivations. It also has a few pointed things to say about journalism. This is the first novel by William Dean Howells I have read, and I found it brilliant and compelling. There are no simple heroes, easy categories and types, just people, so real you'll think you know them.
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