First published in , A Traveler from Altruria tells the story of a foreign visitor who presents the concept of a Utopian society. Howells hoped his novel would. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. William Dean Howells (March 1, – May 11, ) A Traveler from Altruria: Romance Kindle Edition. by. “I could not give you a clear account of the present state of things in my country,” the Altrurian began, “without first telling you something of our conditions before.

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Be the first rtaveler ask a question about A Traveler from Altruria. This story is dealing with social protest. Katharina rated it liked it Aug 06, Ian rated it liked it Nov 16, We did not see that the machines for saving labor were monsters that devoured women and children, and wasted men at the bidding of the power which no man must touch.

It took just as much work to make these shoes as to make the best fine shoes; but they were shams through and through. Makely says, “There must travelfr rich and there must be poor.

Chelsea rated it it was ok May 29, Return to Book Page.

A Traveler from Altruria: Romance by William Dean Howells

By common consent, cheap and faulty merchandise such as the “Saturday night shoe” is no longer produced. Every citizen is entitled to everything they need at any given time, so there is no need, and actually no way, to save for a rainy day, while amassing a fortune is impossible as well.

We had a continent to refine and beautify; we had climates to change and seasons to modify, a whole system of meteorology to readjust, and the public works gave employment to the multitudes emancipated from the soul-destroying service of shams. It was grotesque, and out of all keeping with a altrruia of his cultivation and breeding.


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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. However i’m getting more discerning with every book i read and in a world of infinite books i felt like deducting a star. The country was drained of its life and force, to feed the centres of commerce and industry. He was particularly outraged by the trials resulting from the Haymarket Riot.

Howells died in Manhattan on May 11, Once I was in a strike, when I was working on the railroad, and I’ve seen men come and give up their liberty for a chance to earn their family’s living.

I fancy that there would be very little rising if men were expected to rise for the sake of others, in America.

Whereas in Altruria there is no such thing as workers’ exploitationthe American banker explains to Homos how business is done in the United States:. The whole land was bound together with a network of iron roads that linked the factories and founderies to the fields and mines, and blasted the landscape with the enterprise that spoiled the lives of men.

Whenever and wherever competition had play there had been nothing but disaster to the rival enterprises, till one rose over the rest. He was the initiator of the school of American realists who derived, through the Russians, from Balzac and had little sympathy with any other type of fiction, although he frequently encouraged new writers in whom he discovered new ideas.

In seasons of overproduction, as it was called, it locked the workmen out or laid them off, and left their families to starve, or ran light work and claimed the credit of public benefactors for running at all. There is a need for reforms. In an attempt to rid the struggle for money, Howells makes Altruria a place with none. In he first met Mark Twain, which began a longtime friendship. Homos has come all the way to the United States to experience first-hand everyday life in the country which prides itself to represent democracy and equalityto see for himself how the principle that ” all men are created equal ” is being practiced.

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Also, there is no need to hurry so that craftsmanship flourishes and every finished product resembles a work of art. The writing is crisp, and the ending is profound.

Alpha rated it it was amazing Dec 23, The land was filled with cities where the rich flaunted their splendor in palaces, and the poor swarmed in squalid tenements. Steve Fisher rated it it was ok Dec 28, In fact i would say too relevant, or at least too familiar. Adam rated it it was ok Nov 29, This was probably not true; but I myself saw him helping in the hotel hay-field one afternoon, shirt-sleeved like any of the hired men.

By doing so, they would at the same time relieve the burden of those who regularly work with their hands. Cici Huss rated it it was ok Jan 03, Levy has indicated that in A Traveler from Altruria Howells, while pursuing his industrious, profitable career as a man of letters, criticized the business principles that had helped ensure his own success.

A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

It must be sown in corruption before it can be raised in incorruption. He is not an Altrurian at all. Paperbackpages. The novel is a critique of unfettered capitalism and its consequences, and of the Gilded Age. It means liberty altruriz you; but what liberty has a man got who doesn’t know where his next meal is coming from?