William Dean Howells: The Son of Royal Langbrith (1564 words)

Max Lester Loges (Lamar University )
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Edwin Cady in his multi-volume study of William Dean Howells places The Son of Royal Langbrith among the author’s first rate novel (269). The book is a product of Howells’ later years written during his middle sixties and immediately after a series of unsuccessful novels that were causing some critics to question his continuing ability as a writer. It appears that he began his manuscript in late 1902 and finished it in July 1903. It was first published in serial form between January-August 1904 in the North American Review. On October 6, 1904 it was published as a book by Harper and Brothers (Burrows, xiii). Howells’ records show that as early as 1894 he had been considering the novel’s central i…

Loges, Max Lester. "The Son of Royal Langbrith". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 April 2019
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