First published in , A Traveler from Altruria tells the story of a foreign visitor who presents the concept of a Utopian society. Howells hoped his novel would. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. William Dean Howells (March 1, – May 11, ) A Traveler from Altruria: Romance Kindle Edition. by. “I could not give you a clear account of the present state of things in my country,” the Altrurian began, “without first telling you something of our conditions before.

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It began to give out that it was timid, though its history was full of the boldest frauds and crimes, and it threatened to withdraw itself if it were ruled or even crossed; and again it had its way, and we seemed to prosper more and more. Sep 15, Omnipotent Dystopian Now rated it it was amazing Shelves: The social differences in America are shown by having the rich of the society staying at a luxurious resort near the farms of workers in a lower class.

He was buried in Cambridge Cemetery in Massachusetts. In he was one of the first seven people chosen for membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, of which he became president.

He is not an Altrurian at all. He wrote his first novel, Their Wedding Journey, inbut his literary reputation took off with the realist novel A Modern Instancepublished inwhich described the decay of a marriage.

A Traveler from Altruria: Romance by William Dean Howells

Whereas in Altruria there is no such thing as workers’ exploitationthe American banker explains to Homos altrura business is done in the United States:. The Accumulation always said that it was the best friend of the proletariate, and it denounced, through the press which it controlled, the proletarian leaders who taught that it was the enemy of the proletariate, and sltruria stirred up strikes and tumults of all sorts, for higher wages and fewer hours.

What I enjoyed most about this story is the way it portrays class warfare in America that is still relevant today.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He is not an Altrurian at all.

Howells accepted after successfully negotiating for a higher salary, but was frustrated by Fields’s close supervision. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. CarlMitchell rated it really liked it Oct 02, The common ownership of mines necessarily followed, with an allotment of lands to any one who wished to live by tilling the land; but not a foot of the land was remitted to private hands for the purposes of selfish pleasure or the exclusion of any other from the landscape.


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The belief is that if men acknowledge their commonalities and work for each other, they will dispense with differences of rank and class. In Altruria, money is not a problem because there is not any. It was quite impossible to keep him from bowing with the greatest deference to our waitress; he shook hands with the head-waiter every morning as well as with me; there was a fearful story current in the house, that he had been seen running down one of the corridors to relieve a chambermaid laden with two heavy water-pails which she was carrying to the rooms to fill up the pitchers.

The Altruria Utopia is what he felt was an ideal society. There arose a system of things better, indeed, than that darkness, but full of war and lust and greed, in which the weak rendered homage to the strong, and served them in the field and in the camp, and the strong in turn gave the weak protection against the other strong.

Dina rated it really liked it Feb 09, The only way to get what you need is to work. She was sitting between the banker and myself, and her indignation made him laugh more and more.

To ask other readers questions about A Traveler from Altruriaplease sign up. Retrieved from ” https: Here and there one of the strong overpowered the rest; then the strong became fewer and fewer, and in their turn they all yielded to a supreme lord, and throughout the land there was one rule, as algruria was called then, or one misrule, as we should call it now.

As a reaction to this, Homos just points out that in Altruria, excellence is achieved by excellently serving others. Return to Book Page.

Homos draws the conclusion that Americans differentiate between political and economic equality, noting that they may have the former but altruia they certainly do not enjoy the latter. Connor Eichenauer rated it really liked it Aug 11, God forbid that you should ever come to such a pass in America; but, if you ever should, God grant that you may find your way out as crom as traeler did at last, when freedom had perished in everything but name among us, and justice had become a mockery.


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We thought that heaven had descended to us, and that liberty, equality, and fraternity were ours. Therefore, there is an opportunity for everyone. It left us the suffrage, and let us amuse ourselves with the periodical election of fom political clay images which it manipulated and moulded to any shape and effect at its pleasure.

Articles with Project Gutenberg links. Right from the first moment of his stay at the fashionable summer hotel it becomes evident that Mr Homos’s behaviour is fundamentally different from that of the other guests. The barren expenditure of force that began and ended in itself, and produced nothing, we should—if you will excuse my saying so—look upon as childish, if not insane or immoral.

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Physical labour is shared amongst the working population so that aotruria one has to work for more than three hours per day.

Opportunity usually comes from associations and people that are involved with money.

The Accumulation came under control for the first time, and could no longer sltruria its slaves twenty hours a day amid perils to life and limb from its machinery and in conditions that forbade them decency and morality.

A shout of laughter went up from most of the crowd, but the Altrurian did not seem to see any fun altruri it. We cannot let people suffer, for that would be cruel; and we cannot relieve their need without pauperizing them.

Katharina rated it liked it Traveper 06, Paperbackpages. Homos has come all the way to the United States to experience first-hand everyday life in the country which prides itself to represent democracy and equalityto see for himself how the principle that ” all men are created equal ” is being practiced.