By William Dean Howells

Centering on a clash among a self-made millionaire and an idealistic reformer in turn-of-the-twentieth-century long island, A threat of recent Fortunes insightfully renders the complexities of the yank event at a time of serious social and financial upheaval and transformation. In its depiction of wealth, poverty, and big apple urban existence, it is still a strikingly modern work.

Reproduced this is the authoritative Indiana college Press variation edited and annotated by means of David J. Nordloh, with complete scholarly remark and large textual gear.

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Just at the moment when money seems to achieve pure transcendence in creating the illusion of its own solidity, there is a horrible crash. A huge chandelier falls to the ground; guests and musicians flee affrighted. The next morning finds Fanny alone with her father again. The desolate relief of free complaining Came with the morn, and with it came bad weather; The wind was east-northeast, and it was raining Throughout the day, which, take it altogether, Was one whose memory clings to us for life, Just like a suit in Chancery, or a wife.

In 1792 Barlow also had an opportunity to offer advice to his revolutionary comrades. The French Assembly had decided to revise the constitution it had hastily drawn up in 1791. Barlow addressed a “Letter to the National 24 american verse traditions, 1800–1855 Convention of France” to the delegates of that assembly, pointing out some defects in their original scheme and proposing remedies. As everyone has noticed, Barlow’s suggestions were intended to move the French constitution in the direction of the American one, as when he advocated abolition of the monarchy and of a state church.

Dr. Mitchill, the Surgeon-General of the State of New York, has said so in his Phi Beta Kappa address. Who has “convinced the world that we have men / First with the sword, the chisel, and the pen”? Mr. Adams, in his Fourth of July Speech. In fact, as Governor DeWitt Clinton (1769–1828) pointed out in his interminable speech at the opening of the New York Legislature in January of 1825, the peculiar blessings of our social condition can hardly be overestimated. ” (The dream of philosophic man), And all is quiet as a Sunday, From Orleans to the Bay of Fundy, From Beersheba to Dan.

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