Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen


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born in Norway, came to the U.S. (1869), and was a professor of German at Cornell and Columbia, as well as an author influenced by Howells. Denouncing the subservience of writers in the U.S. to the standards of the young American girl, “the Iron Madonna who strangles in her fond embrace the American novelist,” his own fiction includes The Mammon of Unrighteousness (1891), a realistic treatment of American city life, contrasting two brothers, one a social idealist, the other a ruthless politician; The Golden Calf (1892), portraying the disintegration of a young man's ideals when he is tempted by wealth; and The Social Strugglers (1893).

Subjects: Literature.

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