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David J. Nordloh is professor of English at Indiana University. He is the general editor and textual editor of the Indiana University Press Selected Edition of William Dean Howells, published in twenty-five volumes.
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From the Commentary, by Adam Gopnik
Excerpted from "A Hazard of New Fortunes"
Copyright © 2001 William Dean Howells.
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"No one before Howells had thought to capture the teeming, heterogeneous, multifarious, high-tension city on a single great canvas. Against the variegated backdrop of New York City, Howells dramatizes the intellectual and spiritual conflicts of the democratic future." —Arthur Schlesinger Jr.
"The exactest and truest portrayal of New York and New York life ever written." —Mark Twain
"Simply prodigious."—Henry James
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Basi March, who allegorizes the neutral or objective viewpoint of "plain good sense," lives in Boston with his wife and children, but is persuaded by a man named Fulkerton to move to New York City and start a new magazine, which is named "Every Other Week." March attempts and fails to mediate heated disputes between a millionaire capitalist and a socialist; in the meantime, riots break out across the city, which is beautifully and extensively rendered in this novel, over labor inequities.