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Summary of the Book 'A Belated Guest':
William Dean Howells (March 1 1837 ? May 11 1920) was an American realist author and literary critic. He was known for the Christmas story Christmas Every Day and the novel The Rise of Silas Lapham.
Excerpts from the Book 'A Belated Guest':
... famous people, they lend to the fond historian a little of their lustre, in which he basks for the time with an agreeable sense of celebrity. But another ... ... that is not Harte's fault, for he kept on writing those stories, in one form or another, as long as he lived. He wrote them first and last in the ... ... true or not, and it was probably not true in just that form, it must have been this rumor which determined his host to drive into Boston for him with ... ... when people are every day being born in California, and must begin to feel it home from the first breath, but it is notable that none of the Californians ... ... poverty, and the week began as delightfully as it went on. From first to last Cambridge amused him as much as it charmed him by that air of academic distinction ... ... smiling, serenely jovial, radiating a bland gaiety from his whole person, and ready to ignore any discomfort he might have occasioned. Of course, ... ... him to take them more ironically than they might have liked, and to see the fun of a minor literary man's relation to them. Emerson's smoking amused ... ... frightened heart visibly shaking it then the talk turned on the graphic homeliness of Dante's noticing how the dog's skin moves upon it, and Harte spoke ... ... of virtuous poverty and he spluttered with delight at the sight of the lofty 'epergnes' set up and down the supper-table when he was brought in to note ... ... of his simpler days, rejoiced in the unchanged cordiality of his nature when they met, and presently gave him one of those restaurant lunches in Boston, ... ... of anything histrionic in Harte's nature. Never was any man less a 'poseur' he made simply and helplessly known what he was at any and every ... ... failures to deal with the novel characters and circumstances which he encountered he left off trying, and frankly went back to the semi-mythical ... ... affirmed his power, was in the direction of his verse. Whatever minds there may be about Harte's fiction finally, there can hardly be more than ... ... story and two or three poems. They had not ited much by his book, which, it will doubtless amaze a time of fifty thousand editions selling before their ... ... in his relations with the inner world he was one of the most duteous and exemplary citizens. There was nothing of his easy-going hilarity in that world ... ... lights, and Harte came to the East, and then went to England, where his last twenty-five years were passed in cultivating the wild plant of his Pacific ... ... Success seemed to crown the fondest hope in this respect. The train had not yet left the station there stood the parlor-car which Harte had seats in ... ... morning march when his bosom was young,. and when infinitely less would have sated him. Now death has come to join its vague conjectures to the ... ... Every Day and the novel The Rise of Silas Lapham.William Dean Howells : A Boy TownIn 1983, Al Alvarez published, The Biggest Game in Town, ... ... A Hazard Of New FortunesWilliam Dean Howells (March 1, 1837 ? May 11, 1920) was an American realist author and literary critic. He was known for the ...