The Minister's Charge (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

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By William Dean Howells

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This 1886 novel introduces Howells's concept—derived from Tolstoy—of moral complicity, which would play a large part in his fiction from this point on. A poor farmer, Lemuel Barker, comes to Boston with dreams of becoming a poet. Instead, his naïveté leaves him an easy mark, and he is soon destitute. A minister, Sewell, is forced to consider his own complicity in Barker's fate . . . and by extension that of all his less-fortunate fellows.

The Minister's Charge (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)