The Rise of Silas Lapham
Author: William Dean Howells, Kermit Vanderbilt
Release Date: April 28, 1983
William Dean Howells' richly humorous characterization of a self-made millionaire in Boston society provides a paradigm of American culture in the Gilded Age.
After establishing a fortune in the paint business, Silas Lapham moves his family from their Vermont farm to the city of Boston, where they awkwardly attempt to break into Brahmin society.