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A Traveler from Altruria

by William Dean Howells on 2019-03-31

A Traveler from Altruria is a Utopian novel by William Dean Howells. The novel is a critique of unfettered capitalism and its consequences, and of the Gilded Age.Set during the early 1890s in a fashionable summer resort somewhere on the East Coast of the United States, the book is narrated by a Mr Twelvemough, a popular author of light fiction who has been selected to function as host to a visitor from the faraway island of Altruria called Mr Homos. 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 equality, to see for himself how the principle that "all men are created equal" is being practiced.