A Hazard of New Fortunes

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Novel by Howells, published in 1890. Basil March also figures in Their Wedding Journey (1871), An Open-Eyed Conspiracy (1897), and Their Silver Wedding Journey (1899).

Basil March becomes editor of a magazine promoted by slangy, affable little Fulkerson and financed by Dryfoos, a farmer who has become a millionaire through the discovery of natural gas on his farm and who backs the magazine in order to give practical business experience to his son Conrad. March engages on his staff a German socialist, Lindau, whose point of view antagonizes Dryfoos. The capitalist orders March to discharge Lindau, but March refuses, and Fulkerson sides with him. During a strike of streetcar employees, Conrad is killed and Lindau is fatally injured while trying to pacify the strikers. Prostrated by the death of his son, Dryfoos magnanimously provides for Lindau's funeral, and sells the magazine to Fulkerson and March.

Subjects: Literature.

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William Dean Howells (1837—1920)