The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells (1885)

rise.jpgI think we can all agree that part of the American Dream is the possibility of a Rags to Riches story for anyone.  The Rise of Silas Lapham, written over 100 years ago, follows just such a success story.

Silas Lapham earns a fortune in the late 1800s in the paint industry.  His family is suddenly thrust into the highest echelons of Boston society.   How does an individual and a family handle such a dramatic change of circumstances?  Can Silas maintain both his morality and humility despite his vast newfound wealth?

I read this many years ago and think of its many themes and lessons often.  I love a novel that influences me like that.

High School Reading Level, 384 pages, Published in 1885.


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