(From the publisher):
One of the most fascinating experiments in American literature resulted in The Whole Family
. This unusual composite novel numbers among its twelve authors such luminaries as William Dean Howells, Henry James, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps.
The idea for this collaborative venture originated with Howells in 1906. Under the guidance of Elizabeth Jordan, the energetic editor of Harper's Bazar (as it was then known), each of the authors was invited to write a successive chapter in a story Howells envisioned as a definitive depiction of American family life. But the original plan underwent a dramatic reversal with a controversial chapter by Freeman. From that point, The Whole Family became a more involved story of family misunderstandings and rivalries that actually mirrored the rivalries of the contributors themselves.
(from the publisher)
Original title: The Whole Family
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction