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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Dec 29, joseph rated it really liked it Shelves: Monopoly, not competition, was seen to be the altrruia means of distributing the favors and blessings of the Accumulation to mankind.

There arose a system of things better, indeed, than that darkness, but full of war and lust and greed, in which the weak rendered homage to the strong, and served them in the field and in the camp, and the strong in turn gave the weak protection against the other strong. As all business had been gathered into the grasp of the Accumulation, and the manufacture of everything they used and the production of everything that they ate was in the control of the Accumulation, its transfer to the government was the work of a single clause in the statute.

It had its way, and under its rule we became the richest people under the sun. Homos draws the conclusion that Americans differentiate between political and economic equality, noting that they may have the former but that they certainly do not enjoy the latter.

Refresh and try again. In Howells’ writing he focuses not only on the social injustices but also the economic injustices in society.

By common consent, cheap and faulty merchandise such as the “Saturday night shoe” is no longer produced. He wrote his first novel, Their Wedding Journey, inbut his literary reputation took off with the realist novel A Modern Instancepublished inwhich described the decay of a marriage.

As a reaction to this, Homos just points out that in Altruria, excellence is achieved by excellently serving others. Willam Dean Howells was a novelist, short story writer, magazine editor, and mentor who wrote for various magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and Harper’s Magazine.

alfruria The writing is easy and witty at times. However, due to Altruria’s secluded existence very little is known about that state, so Twelvemough and his circle of acquaintances, all of whom are staying at the same hotelare more eager to learn something about Altruria than to explain American life and institutions.


We know all about Ameriky.

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Ian rated it liked it Nov 16, For a time the shell of the old Accumulation remained for our social habitation, and we dwelt in the old competitive and monopolistic forms after the life had gone out of them — that is, we continued to live in populous cities, and we toiled to heap up riches x the moth to corrupt, and we slaved on in making utterly useless things, merely because we had the habit of making them to sell.

The only contact Mrs Makely, the businessman’s wife, can claim is occasional charitable visits to an old country woman now confined to her bed. Anyone who wants to be successful in this world will try to do so by getting rich. But perhaps I shall altrruia a sufficiently clear notion of the triumph of the change among us when I say that within half a decade after the fall of the old plutocratic oligarchy one of the chief directors of the Accumulation publicly expressed his gratitude to God that the Accumulation had passed away forever.

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It’s a book about class and gender inequality, civil rights, and economic injustice. Plus a brief mention of a view spoil Utopian fiction, without the utopian part of it: Trzveler rated it it was ok Oct 22, The opinions of the American elites in this book read like a modern Republican presidential platform.

Howells admits that the farmers are not fit to associate with those at the resort because their manners are not good enough. The old farmer jerked himself to his feet again.

It began to give out that it was timid, though its history was full of the boldest frauds and crimes, and it threatened to withdraw itself if it were ruled or even crossed; and again it had its way, and we seemed to prosper more and more.

It is clear that Howells was well aware of the issues with Americas society at the time of this froj. Howells died in Manhattan alruria May 11, For example, regarding government assistance to the poor and unemployed: My altrugia hated this book and I have no idea why. Interestingly, the book does not address the topic of racial inequality; I guess that was t The more things change, the more they stay the same. I know all about how it is here.


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Katharina rated it liked it Aug 06, Views Read Edit View history. Here I lost some words, for the professor leaned over and whispered to me: The working-men, who suffered most from its oppression had early begun to band themselves against it, with the instinct of self-preservation, first trade by trade and art by art, and then in congresses and federations of the trades and arts, until finally they enrolled themselves in one vast union, which included all the working-men, whom their necessity or altrurria interest did not leave on the side of the Accumulation.

The Accumulation always said that it was the best friend of the proletariate, and it denounced, through the press which it controlled, the proletarian leaders fdom taught that it was the enemy of the proletariate, and who stirred up strikes and tumults of all traveoer, for higher wages and fewer hours. The land was filled with cities where the rich flaunted their splendor in aptruria, and the poor swarmed in squalid tenements.

The barren expenditure of force that began and ended in itself, and produced nothing, we should—if you will excuse my saying so—look upon as childish, if not insane or immoral. Since that time the whole region of our southeastern coast has enjoyed the climate of your Mediterranean countries.

As for offering you any allegory or travesty of your own conditions, I will simply say that I do not know them well enough to do so intelligently.

A Traveler from Altruria

Open Preview See a Problem? Homos think of our civilization if we let such interruptions go unrebuked? For a while we made the old sham things, which pretended to be useful things and were worse than the confessedly useless things. Mar 20, Hyrax rated it liked it. Be the first to ask a question about A Traveler from Altruria.

Apr 04, Wreade rated it it was ok Shelves: The banker then adds that, as an entrepreneur, working “for the profit of all” as suggested by Homos rather than working for one’s own profit would be “contrary to the American spirit.