Harold Bell Wright

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Harold Bell Wright was one of the most popular and successful American novelists who wrote during the first half of the twentieth century. His novels were most popular from the early 1900s through the mid-1930s, when the transformation of American society and economy from a bucolic, agrarian model to an industrial, urban system was becoming increasingly evident and irreversible. His books primarily appealed to working- and middle-class Americans living outside the major cities of the Eastern Seaboard. His novels reassured readers that they could handle challenges such as technological advancement, urbanization, increasing racial and ethnic diversity, and shifts in religious beliefs and practices, and integrate these into their system of …

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MacNeil, Denise Mary. "Harold Bell Wright". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 February 2012
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