An examination of the dual life of Harold Frederic (1856-1898) as well as of his writing, which includes The Damnation of Theron Ware.
"Examines how Frederic, forever sensitive about his Utica upbringing, tried to sustain his artistic ambitions to be a serious novelist while earning his livelihood as the London correspondent for the New York Times. . . . A valuable sketch of the relatively barren American literary landscape during the Gilded Age."—Library Journal