Authors, Various: The Whole Family: a Novel by Twelve Authors. v1, 11 Jan 2008
The Whole Family: a Novel by Twelve Authors (1908) is a collaborative novel told in twelve chapters, each by a different author. This unusual project was conceived by novelist William Dean Howells and carried out under the direction of Harper's Bazaar editor Elizabeth Jordan, who (like Howells) would write one of the chapters herself. Howells' idea for the novel was to show how an engagement or marriage would affect and be affected by an entire family. The project became somewhat curious for the way the authors' contentious interrelationships mirrored the sometimes dysfunctional family they described in their chapters. Howells had hoped Mark Twain would be one of the authors, but Twain did not participate. The novel was serialized in Harper's Bazaar in 1907-08 and published as a book by Harpers in late 1908.
The chapters and their authors
1. The Father by William Dean Howells
2. The Old-Maid Aunt by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
3. The Grandmother by Mary Heaton Vorse
4. The Daughter-in-Law by Mary Stewart Cutting
5. The School-Girl by Elizabeth Jordan
6. The Son-in-Law by John Kendrick Bangs
7. The Married Son by Henry James
8. The Married Daughter by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
9. The Mother by Edith Wyatt
10. The School-Boy by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews
11. Peggy by Alice Brown
12. The Friend of the Family by Henry Van Dyke
With 11 illustrations.