Ernest Poole: His Family


His Family

by Ernest Poole

Published: 1917


His Family tells the story of a middle-class family in New York City in the 1910s.


The family's patriarch, widower Roger Gale, struggles to deal with the way his daughters and grandchildren respond to the changing society. Each of his daughters responds in a distinctively different way to the circumstances of their lives, forcing Roger into attempting to calm the increasingly challenging family disputes that erupt.


Poole's first novel The Harbor was released in 1915, and is considered by many critics to be a superior work to His Family. The Pulitzer Prize for the Novel (later, the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) didn't exist at the time The Harbor was released, however, and it's been suggested that the Pulitzer committee was looking to honor Poole for that earlier work when His Family became the first winner of the Pulitzer Prize for the Novel.

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