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Predestined; a novel of New York life

by Stephen French Whitman

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Stephen French Whitman is an overlooked American literary naturalist whose "Predestined "compares favorably with the work of Frank Norris. In a letter to the late Charles Scribner in 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald proposed that the firm establish a Scribner Library. In a list of eighteen books, Fitzgerald ranked "Predestined "second after "The House of Mirth "or "Ethan Frome. "His own "This Side of Paradise "was third. In the dozen years since its first publication in 1910, "Predestined "had stirred excitement among a considerable number of other writers and journalists. Whitman, Princeton class of 1901, had worked for several years on the "New York"" Sun.""""Predestined, "Whitman s first and most successful novel, is a remarkably controlled, inexorably plotted story of Felix Piers, born to wealth and misfortune, who was predestined to a life of failure. The rich, varied background of New York City s many sides provides the compelling backdrop to this deterministic novel."… (more)

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Stephen French Whitman is an overlooked American literary naturalist whose "Predestined "compares favorably with the work of Frank Norris. In a letter to the late Charles Scribner in 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald proposed that the firm establish a Scribner Library. In a list of eighteen books, Fitzgerald ranked "Predestined "second after "The House of Mirth "or "Ethan Frome. "His own "This Side of Paradise "was third. In the dozen years since its first publication in 1910, "Predestined "had stirred excitement among a considerable number of other writers and journalists. Whitman, Princeton class of 1901, had worked for several years on the "New York"" Sun.""""Predestined, "Whitman s first and most successful novel, is a remarkably controlled, inexorably plotted story of Felix Piers, born to wealth and misfortune, who was predestined to a life of failure. The rich, varied background of New York City s many sides provides the compelling backdrop to this deterministic novel."

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