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Imaginary Interviews by William Dean Howells

Imaginary Interviews

W.D. Howells

[Illustration: See page 130

AT THE OPERA]

IMAGINARY INTERVIEWS

W.D. HOWELLS

ILLUSTRATED

HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS

NEW YORK AND LONDON

1910

Copyright, 1910, by HARPER & BROTHERS

Published October, 1910

_Printed in the United States of America_

CONTENTS

IMAGINARY INTERVIEWS

CHAP. PAGE

I. THE RESTORATION OF THE EASY CHAIR BY WAY OF INTRODUCTION 1

II. A YEAR OF SPRING AND A LIFE OF YOUTH 13

III. SCLEROSIS OF THE TASTES 22

IV. THE PRACTICES AND PRECEPTS OF VAUDEVILLE 32

V. INTIMATIONS OF ITALIAN OPERA 44

VI. THE SUPERIORITY OF OUR INFERIORS 57

VII. UNIMPORTANCE OF WOMEN IN REPUBLICS 67

VIII. HAVING JUST GOT HOME 77

IX. NEW YORK TO THE HOME-COMER'S EYE 87

X. CHEAPNESS OF THE COSTLIEST CITY ON EARTH 97

XI. WAYS AND MEANS OF LIVING IN NEW YORK 107

XII. THE QUALITY OF BOSTON AND THE QUANTITY OF NEW YORK 117

XIII. THE WHIRL OF LIFE IN OUR FIRST CIRCLES 127

XIV. THE MAGAZINE MUSE 137

XV. COMPARATIVE LUXURIES OF TRAVEL 146

XVI. QUALITIES WITHOUT DEFECTS 156

XVII. A WASTED OPPORTUNITY 166

XVIII. A NIECE'S LITERARY ADVICE TO HER UNCLE 176

XIX. A SEARCH FOR CELEBRITY 184

XX. PRACTICAL IMMORTALITY ON EARTH 194

XXI. AROUND A RAINY-DAY FIRE 204

XXII. THE ADVANTAGES OF QUOTATIONAL CRITICISM 216

XXIII. READING FOR A GRANDFATHER 226

XXIV. SOME MOMENTS WITH THE MUSE 236

XXV. A NORMAL HERO AND HEROINE OUT OF WORK 244

OTHER ESSAYS


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