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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Imaginary Interviews, by W. D. Howells This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: Imaginary Interviews Author: W. D. Howells Release Date: May 12, 2009 [EBook #28763] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK IMAGINARY INTERVIEWS *** Produced by David Edwards, Graeme Mackreth and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net (This file was produced from scans of public domain material produced by Microsoft for their Live Search Books site.) Imaginary Interviews W.D. Howells [Illustration: See page 130 AT THE OPERA] IMAGINARY INTERVIEWS W.D. HOWELLS ILLUSTRATED HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS NEW YORK AND LONDON 1910 Copyright, 1910, by HARPER & BROTHERS Published October, 1910 _Printed in the United States of America_ CONTENTS IMAGINARY INTERVIEWS CHAP. PAGE I. THE RESTORATION OF THE EASY CHAIR BY WAY OF INTRODUCTION 1 II. A YEAR OF SPRING AND A LIFE OF YOUTH 13 III. SCLEROSIS OF THE TASTES 22 IV. THE PRACTICES AND PRECEPTS OF VAUDEVILLE 32 V. INTIMATIONS OF ITALIAN OPERA 44 VI. THE SUPERIORITY OF OUR INFERIORS 57 VII. UNIMPORTANCE OF WOMEN IN REPUBLICS 67 VIII. HAVING JUST GOT HOME 77 IX. NEW YORK TO THE HOME-COMER'S EYE 87 X. CHEAPNESS OF THE COSTLIEST CITY ON EARTH 97 XI. WAYS AND MEANS OF LIVING IN NEW YORK 107 XII. THE QUALITY OF BOSTON AND THE QUANTITY OF NEW YORK 117 XIII. THE WHIRL OF LIFE IN OUR FIRST CIRCLES 127 XIV. THE MAGAZINE MUSE 137 XV. COMPARATIVE LUXURIES OF TRAVEL 146
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