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Hazard of New Fortunes

William Dean Howells

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Howell’s novel is set in New York of the late nineteenth century, a city familiar to readers of Edith Wharton and Henry James. Basil March, a businessman from Boston of a literary bent, moves with his family to New York to edit a new journal founded by an acquaintance. Its financial support, however, comes from a Mr. Dryfoos, a Pennsylvania Dutch farmer suddenly become millionaire by the discovery of natural gas on his property, and now living in New York with his family in a style he hopes will befit his new wealth.Is it his new fortune that presents a hazard? Or is it the new wealth of New York City in the Gilded Age? Both March and his literary creator are increasingly aware of some of the social and economic contradictions that beset the city of the time (though some of Howell’s analysis sounds as if it well might fit New York today). Characters such as, among others, Dryfoos’s children, a German socialist immigrant who fought for the Union cause, an impoverished Southern colonel still persuaded that a reformed slavery might work, a young woman drawn from the upper reaches of Old New York society, help to enrich the story and its setting with their differing viewpoints. ( Nicholas Clifford)

Language:

English

Narrators:

Nicholas Clifford

Length:

16h 36m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

18:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

14:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:18


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

23:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

22:07


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

28:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

24:47


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

18:40


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

12:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

15:46


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

10:06


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

16:29


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

25:14


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:44


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

17:07


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

25:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

11:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

11:43


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

21:32


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

15:00


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:33


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

15:46


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

13:55


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

20:20


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:26


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:58


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

16:33


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

27:25


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

29:26


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

21:17


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

14:26


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

20:32


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

16:48


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

33:44


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

16:05


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

20:26


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

30:54


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

26:16


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

29:34


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

13:31


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

12:27


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:23


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:05


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

11:24


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

12:34


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:39


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

12:25


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:09


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:15


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

16:02


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

15:38


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

10:29


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

19:01


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:58


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:01