A Modern Instance


By William Dean Howells

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In William Dean Howells' novel 'A Modern Instance', we are taken on a journey through the life of a young woman named Marcia Gaylord who is trapped in a loveless marriage. Howells' realistic and straightforward writing style captures the essence of 19th-century American realism, shedding light on the moral dilemmas and societal constraints faced by women of the time. The novel's exploration of class differences, marriage, and personal agency makes it a significant work in the literary canon of the era. Howells' attention to detail and nuanced character development make 'A Modern Instance' a compelling and thought-provoking read. William Dean Howells, a prominent figure in the realist movement, was known for his social commentary and keen observations of American life. His own experiences as an editor and critic likely influenced his writing of this novel, which critiques the social norms and values of his time. 'A Modern Instance' is recommended to readers interested in 19th-century American literature, women's studies, and social realism, offering a poignant portrait of a woman's struggle for independence.
A Modern Instance