Robert Grant


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(1852–1940), Boston jurist and author, graduated from Harvard (1873), and won his first literary success with An Average Man (1883), a study of two young New York lawyers, one of whom is willing to pursue a simple, honest career, while the other attempts by every means to gain money and fame. His other novels include Face to Face (1886), contrasting American and English standards; Unleavened Bread (1900), about a woman whose desire for prestige and dominance outweighs all moral considerations; The Undercurrent (1904) and The Orchid (1905), studies of divorce in wealthy society; The Chippendales (1909), about a conservative Boston family, and the thinning out of its original fine qualities; The High Priestess (1915), dealing with a woman's attempt to have a career; The Bishop's Granddaughter (1925), satirizing American divorce laws; and The Dark Horse (1931), concerned with Boston politics and society. In addition to a volume of poetry and several collections of essays, Grant wrote an autobiography, Fourscore (1934). His public and judicial activities included service with President Lowell of Harvard and President Stratton of MIT on a committee to review evidence used to convict Sacco and Vanzetti, finding the trial and conviction to be fair.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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