By Stephanie C. Palmer
Using the works of Sarah Orne Jewett, Bret Harte, William Dean Howells, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, and others, Palmer lines using the neighborhood go back and forth twist of fate motif and the way neighborhood colour writers hired it to provide evaluations on type, society, and smooth lifestyles. Exploring the topics of neighborhood identification, modernity, and interpersonal relationships, Together by way of Accident deals an exciting overview of the ideas and inconveniences linked to existence in the course of the industrializing Gilded Age in America.
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Together by Accident: American Local Color Literature and the Middle Class by Stephanie C. Palmer