A Modern Instance


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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.

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Sep 2, 2010

Not just about divorce

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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