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1. An Examination of Political Pessimism
2. The Damnation of Theron Ware
3. An Examination of Political Pessimism
4. Reluctant Expatriate: The Life
5. The Damnation of Harold Frederic:
6. Harold Frederic (Pamphlets on

1. An Examination of Political Pessimism in the Works of American Novelist Harold Frederic, 1856-1898 (Studies in American Literature)
by Jean S. Filetti
 Hardcover: 92 Pages (1998-12)
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Asin: 0773482784
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2. The Damnation of Theron Ware
by Harold, 1856-1898 Frederic
Kindle Edition: Pages (1994-05-01)
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Asin: B000JMLEX6
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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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. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (13)

3-0 out of 5 stars Difficult to get through
This book was good although extremely hard to read and get through.I only finished it because it was for book club.I would not recommend this classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic
Illumination (1896) has been an underground classic among serious writers and readers since its publication. Although it sold well in its day, it was largely lost to mainstream attention for most of the 20th century. Only in the 1980s did it first start appearing in school settings with the first critical edition by Nebraska Press (and Penguin Press editions around the same time). It has been called an "American classic" by more than one critic and writer.

First, an explanation of the odd title. Frederic intended the title to be simply "Illumination", which it was indeed published as in England, but due to some mis-communication at his (soon to be bankrupt) American publishers - a working draft had the internal working name of "damnation" - it was mistakingly published as "The Damnation of Theron Ware". Later publishers in the 1930s then combined the two into the full title "The Damnation of Theron Ware, Or, Illumination".

This is an important novel and can be critically approached from a number of perspectives. Probably most important and timeless (c.f. Richard Dawkins "The God Delusion" (2006)) is Theron Ware's "Illumination" about truth in religion. Is the value of religion based on the belief in a real God, or just a belief in a god that may not even exist - the existence of which doesn't matter - the value in religion comes from _pretending_ to believe. It is unclear in the end if Sister Soulsby, Forbes and others truly believe, or just pretend to believe, and if it even matters.

The narrative technique of writing from Theron's perspective, hearing in the first person about his own "Illumination" and personal growth (a positive healthy thing it seems to him) - which is then re-played at the end of the novel from other peoples perspective, is very powerful and well crafted. It really makes the reader examine times in their own lives when they thought they were on the right and true path. It has a certain Rashomon theme of subjectivity and what is the truth of events from multiple perspectives.

4-0 out of 5 stars This sleeper classic tops most books written today
Although I was a lit major, this book was never on any of my reading lists in college. I chanced upon it when it appeared on my son's required reading for a course..and wow, am I glad I did! It should be a classic, have no idea why it isn't, if only for the detail and insight about church politics and the workings of congregations in the 1800s.
This gem of a novel focuses on Theron Ware, a Methodist minister who has had a less than stellar career, which leads to his current posting in a small, backcountry town. He vows to make a new start and, for a time, things seem to go well. But alas, Theron is less certain than he appears, making him easy prey to those with questionable values and setting him on a parth towards destruction. For the first time in his life, Theron questions his calling, his values and even his marriage.
I couldn't wait to see how this one would end..and I won't give the ending away here. I'll just say that if you pick up this one, you won't be disaapointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Something to Remember Him By
Okay, granted. In some ways, this is pretty thin soup. A short novel, after all, and not by any stretch of the imagination a major novel, certainly not in the sense that Middlemarch or Ulysses are major. But I'd put this on a list of personal favorites. And there are certain second rate novels which for all their second-rateness should not be lost. Frederic lived not too long, accomplished not very much, saw not everything there was to be seen - but in this little fable of a Methodist preacher who never quite got the point, Frederic himself pretty much gets it right. Not a mean achievement for a lifetime, and so one not to be forgotten.

5-0 out of 5 stars Faustian Indeed!
Although this is a Faustian tale, the redemption is not uncertain-it is completely absent. The much put out Theron faces his new future in the West as a hopeless innocent, only his wife expresses modest doubt about his re-education. Having succcessfully ruined the surprise ending, I can only suggest everyone find a copy of this wonderful novel, set aside a day, and read it straight through. An amazing work from an under appreciated author. ... Read more

3. An Examination of Political Pessimism in the Works of American Novelist Harold Frederic, 1856-1898.
by Jean S Filetti
 Hardcover: Pages (1980)

Asin: B000N6BE2E
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4. Reluctant Expatriate: The Life of Harold Frederic (Contributions to the Study of World Literature)
by Robert M. Myers
Hardcover: 224 Pages (1995-08-30)
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Asin: 0313292566
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Although known internationally at the time of his death, Harold Frederic (1856-1898), is best known today as the author of The Damnation of Theron Ware. Using published accounts as well as archival materials unavailable to earlier writers on Frederic, Myers has produced the first full-length biographical and critical study of Frederic, narrating the events of Frederic's early life in Utica, New York, his early career as newspaperman, his appointment as the London correspondent of the New York Times, and his career as a professional author. Frederic was a colorful fellow. As a correspondent in London in the 1890s, he knew Henry James, Stephen Crane, George Gissing, and a host of other literary characters. He fully lived a bohemian life, keeping a real wife and a common-law wife simultaneously, fathering broods of children, writing journalism and novels at a great rate, and dying at 42 of overwork--partly because he let his second wife talk him into refusing medical help (leading to a scandalous court case). Myers concentrates on four main themes: Frederic as an expatriate; his work as representative of the transition from realism to naturalism in American literature; Frederic as a transitional author in the shift from 19th century to 20th century styles of publishing; and Frederic as a representative of the "fin de siecle." Myers has worked extensively with Frederic's correspondence as well as in publishers' archives (especially Scribner's), and he sees Frederic as a writer who flourished just as the American literary marketplace was being transformed from the rather poky 19th-century model into the faster-paced 20th-century version so familiar today. This biography will interest not just specialists and Frederic scholars, but also anyone with an interest in American literary culture in one of its defining moments. ... Read more

5. The Damnation of Harold Frederic: His Lives and Works
by Bridget Bennett
 Hardcover: 261 Pages (1997-04)
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Asin: 0815603908
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6. Harold Frederic (Pamphlets on American Writers)
by Stanton Garner
 Paperback: 48 Pages (1969-06)
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Isbn: 0816605459
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