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Novel by Dreiser, posthumously published in 1946.

Solon Barnes is the son of a Quaker farmer and tradesman who brings his family from Maine to a Quaker suburb of Philadelphia, where his quiet faith and integrity make him a “bulwark” of the community. Despite his increasing wealth his faith is sorely tried when his children grow up to suffer, or, as he sees it, to sin. The death of Solon's wife is the final blow, and it seems that his religious faith may be shattered. Under the influence of these emotional shocks, however, he undergoes a deep religious conversion. In humility he blames his own lack of understanding for his children's errors, and expresses a philosophy of love for all creatures, faith in divinity and personal revelation, and acceptance of his sufferings.

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Theodore Dreiser (1871—1945) American novelist