Rise of Silas Lapham
By William Dean Howells (Exploring Economics Units 4-7)
This book, published in 1885, was one of the first to explore the topic of the American businessman. Set in Boston during the Victorian era, the story follows the financial and romantic upheavals of the Lapham family, with a focus on the personal development of the title character as his rise unfolds.
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