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The Damnation of Theron Ware By Harold Frederic

The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic

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The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic

The Damnation of Theron Ware (1896) is a novel by Harold Frederic. Inspired by his upbringing in Utica, New York, The Damnation of Theron Ware is a story of faith, community, and rural life from an underappreciated master of American realism. A bestseller in the year of its publication, the novel has earned praise for its criticism of cultural and religious hypocrisy in nineteenth century provincial life. No such throng had ever before been seen in the building during all its eight years of existence. People were wedged together most uncomfortably upon the seats; they stood packed in the aisles and overflowed the galleries; at the back, in the shadows underneath these galleries, they formed broad, dense masses about the doors, through which it would be hopeless to attempt a passage. Despite his young age, Theron Ware has been appointed pastor of a small-yet-lively Methodist congregation in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. As he settles into his role and attempts to gain the trust of the townsfolk, he begins to doubt himself as a messenger of God and to question the role of the Methodist church in the life of humankind. Influenced by local Catholics and a passionate Darwinist, Ware starts to dream of changing his life, of leaving the world of faith and salvation behind him. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Harold Frederic's The Damnation of Theron Ware is a classic work of American literature reimagined for modern readers.

About Harold Frederic

Harold Frederic (1856-1898) was an American novelist and journalist. Born in Utica, New York, he was raised by his mother following his father's tragic death in a railroad accident. At fifteen, he found work as a photographer in Utica before moving to Boston, later changing careers to become a reporter for The Utica Daily Observer. Frederic married Grace Green in 1877 and by 1882 was the editor of The Albany Evening Journal, raising his five children in the state capital. In 1884, he moved to London to work as a correspondent for the New York Times, sending for his family to join him after five years apart. In 1896, while living with his mistress Kate Lyon, Frederic published his bestselling novel The Damnation of Theron Ware, proving himself as a gifted American writer working in the realist tradition. At the height of his literary career, Frederic suffered a sudden stroke in London and died shortly thereafter.

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