Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920

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Birth 1837-03-01
Death 1920-05-11
Americans
English, Russian

Biographical notes:

Carolyn Wells published under the pseudonym Rowland Wright.

From the description of Autograph postcard signed from W.D. Howells to Carolyn Wells, Rahway [manuscript], 19th or 20th century. (Folger Shakespeare Library). WorldCat record id: 694525270

Author, editor, critic.

From the description of Letters chiefly to Alexander? Black [manuscript] 1888-1919. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647943111

William Dean Howells was an American novelist and editor of the Atlantic Monthly.

From the description of William Dean Howells additional papers, 1858-1937. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612198293

From the guide to the William Dean Howells additional papers, 1858-1937., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

William Dean Howells: novelist and man of letters; United States consul in Venice (1861-1865); editor of The Atlantic Monthly (1871-1881) and of Cosmopolitan (1881-1892); a champion of realism in literature.

From the guide to the Literary manuscripts, 1880-1919., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Hurd and Houghton published two volumes of Piatt's poems in 1872.

From the description of Letter, 1868 Aug. 12, Boston, to [M.M.] Hurd [n.p.]. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34366229

American novelist William Dean Howells was a leader of the school of realism, an important editor, and a critic. His magazine essays in "Atlantic" and "Harper's" recorded and questioned contemporary American life.

From the description of William Dean Howells papers, 1883-1919. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 496102391

Howells was a novelist and editor of the Atlantic Monthly.

From the description of Letter, 1872. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232007327

Howells was the son of an anti-slavery journalist. He learned to set type in his father's printing office. From 1856 to 1861, he was reporter and editorial writer for the Ohio State Journal. He published a book of poems at age twentytwo with friend John J. Piatt. Howells was appointed consulate of Venice by Lincoln, returning to the United States is 1865. He was on staff with the Nation and became editor of the Atlantic Monthly (1866-1881). As poet, novelist, editor, and literary critic, Howells rejected sentimental romanticism in favor of critical realism. His work reflected a truthful view of human behavior and of America's middle class. As Howells advanced realism as a literary form, he turned increasingly to social reform.

From the description of Papers [microform] 1857-1918. (Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Center). WorldCat record id: 65405155

American man of letters.

From the description of Letter [manuscript], New York, N.Y., to Francis E. Bliss, Hartford, Ct., 1898 October 7. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647824447

From the description of Letters of William Dean Howells [manuscript], 1890-1915. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647807634

From the description of Letters [manuscript], 1892-1914. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647807645

From the description of Letter [manuscript] : Boston, to Charlotte Fiske Bates, 1873 November 29. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647807654

From the description of Papers of William Dean Howells [manuscript], 1900. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647807607

William Dean Howells was a novelist and man of letters, United States consul in Venice (1861-1865), editor of The Atlantic Monthly (1871-1881) and of Cosmopolitan (1891-1892), and a champion of realism in literature.

From the description of Correspondence and compositions, 1894-1917. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612365144

American novelist, literary critic, and man of letters, U.S. consul in Venice (1861-1865), editor of The Atlantic Monthly (1871-1881) and of Cosmopolitan (1891-1892); b. in Martins's Ferry, Ohio; lived most of his life in Cambridge, Mass., becoming part of Boston society and its distinguished literary circle.

From the description of Papers, 1857-[19--]. (Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Center). WorldCat record id: 70974066

American author and editor.

From the description of Letters of William Dean Howells [manuscript], 1874-1915. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647807069

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Boston, to D.A. Wells, 1873 Oct. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269523316

Novelist and critic.

From the description of Letter, 1898 January 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122480023

From the guide to the William Dean Howells letter, 1898, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was an author and editor-in-chief of the Atlantic monthly from 1871-1881.

From the description of Letters of William Dean Howells, 1903-1904. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122288832

William Dean Howells was a novelist and man of letters, United States consul in Venice (1861-1865), editor of The Atlantic Monthly (1871-1881) and of Cosmopolitan (1891-1892).

From the description of Letters to Mildred Howells, 1894-1919. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 80601613

William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was an American critic, novelist, poet and playwright.

From the description of Papers of William Dean Howells, 1866-1921. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122570769

William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was a notable and prolific American author. From 1885 to 1916, he was under contract with the press of Harper & Brothers.

From the description of Papers, 1903-1914. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 207145717

American author.

From the description of Letters [manuscript], 1918 May 20 and July 28. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647831944

From the description of William Dean Howells letters, 1866-1916 (bulk 1866-1878). (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64053427

From the description of Autograph letters signed (3) : Windsor Hotel, Rome, to Dr. Baldwin, 1908 Feb. 13-1908 May 17. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270859696

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Kittery Point [Maine], to Mr. Monro, 1903 Sept. 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269526916

From the description of Autograph letters signed (4) : Auburndale, to Messrs. Parsons, Schell, Duneka, and Wells of Harper & Brothers, 1887 May 13-1920 Mar. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269544748

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Cambridge, Mass., to Henry Adams, 1894 Dec. 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269523541

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2) : Kittery Point, Maine, to Ernest Dressel North, 1912 June 25-1912 Jun. 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269543214

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Hiram, Ohio, to Mr. Clark, ca. 187?. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269526681

From the description of Autograph letters signed (5) : Cambridge and Boston, to John W. Field, 1872 Oct. 18-1872 Nov. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269544817

From the description of My times and places, an autobiography : autograph manuscript unsigned : [n.p., n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269553720

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Cambridge, Mass.], to H.W. Longfellow, 1874 May 13. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270871067

Author.

From the description of Papers of William Dean Howells, 1872-1912. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79451054

From the description of William Dean Howells : miscellaneous papers, 1907 Oct. 23. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 49243315

William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was an American critic, editor, and author. In 1908, he was elected the first president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His most well-known work is "A Modern Instance".

From the guide to the William Dean Howells Letter (MS 123), February 19, 1911, (University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.)

William Dean Howells was a novelist and man of letters. He served as United States consul in Venice (1861-1865), editor of The Atlantic Monthly (1871-1881), and editor of Cosmopolitan (1881-1892).

From the description of William Dean Howells papers, 1847-1965. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612367974

William Dean Howells was an American novelist and short story writer.

From the guide to the William Dean Howells letter to friends, April 2, 1912, (Ohio University)

Letters written by William Dean Howells, including several to Henry Blake Fuller, and letters received from various correspondents.

From the description of Miscellaneous papers, 1871-1919. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 81407080

William Dean Howells was an important American novelist, editor, journalist, travel writer, and critic. As an editor, he helped reshape American literature by publishing material with a continental scope and regional focus, including early works by Mark Twain, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Bret Harte, and Sarah Orne Jewett. His preference for realistic action fused with simple language was influential in the development of the "New Journalism" literary movement in the 1960s.

From the description of William Dean Howells letters and poems, 1861-1919. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 50163401

American editor, essayist, poet, and writer of fiction.

From the description of Papers, 1869-1915. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122623248

William Dean Howells was an American novelist and journalist.

From the description of William Dean Howells letters : to Mrs. Lewis and Prof. William Strunk, 1887-1911. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64072082

American novelist.

From the description of Letter, 1912. (Ohio University). WorldCat record id: 13039810

William Dean Howells was a novelist and man of letters. He served as United States consul in Venice (1861-1865), editor of The Atlantic Monthly (1871-1881) and of Cosmopolitan (1891-1892). He was a champion of realism in literature.

From the guide to the Correspondence and compositions, 1894-1917., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

William Dean Howells was a novelist and man of letters. He served as United States consul in Venice (1861-1865), as editor of The Atlantic Monthly (1871-1881), and as editor of Cosmopolitan (1881-1892).

From the guide to the William Dean Howells papers, ca. 1847-1965., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

From the guide to the Miscellaneous papers, 1871-1919., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

William Dean Howells was an author, poet, playwright, and also the editor of the Atlantic Monthly and Harper's magazines.

From the description of Letter, [1906?] to [Miss Helen Jones]. (University of South Carolina). WorldCat record id: 62401656

William Dean Howells was a novelist and man of letters. He served as United States consul in Venice (1861-1865) as well as editor of The Atlantic Monthly (1871-1881) and of Cosmopolitan (1891-1892).

From the guide to the Letters to Mildred Howells, 1894-1919., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Novelist, poet, and journalist.

From the description of Papers of William Dean Howells [manuscript], 1866-1919. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647877599

American author and literary critic, known for the Christmas story "Christmas Every Day" and the novel The Rise of Silas Lapham.

From the description of William Dean Howells letters, 1882-1912. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 122388835

William Dean Howells was an American novelist and man of letters, the United States consul in Venice (1861-1865), editor of the Atlantic Monthly (1871-1881) and of Cosmopolitan (1891-1892), and a champion of realism in literature.

From the description of William Dean Howells additional papers, 1874-1943. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612365454

From the guide to the William Dean Howells additional papers, 1874-1943., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Howells was a critic, novelist, poet, and playwright.

From the description of Recollections of an Atlantic editorship : manuscript, [19--]. (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 53348739

William Dean Howells, born in 1837 in Martins Ferry, Ohio, was a 19th century American author, translator, literary critic and editor. Howells began to work at the Ohio State Journal in 1858 where he wrote poetry, short stories, and translated pieces from French, Spanish, and German. He became an assistant editor in 1856 for the Atlantic Monthly and was made editor in 1871, remaining in the position until 1881. Howells was a prolific writer in a variety of genres and is best know today for his realistic fiction.

From the description of William Dean Howells letter, 1906 Nov. 13. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 429680004

American author, journalist, periodical editor and literary critic.

From the description of William Dean Howells Collection, 1859-1924. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122602710

William Dean Howells was a novelist and man of letters, United States consul in Venice (1861-1865), editor of The Atlantic Monthly (1871-1881) and of Cosmopolitan (1881-1892), and a champion of realism in literature.

From the description of Literary manuscripts, 1880-1919. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 122575015

Author, editor.

From the description of Letter [manuscript] : New York, to G.P. Putnam's Sons, N.Y., 1915 November 25. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647807057

From the description of Papers of William Dean Howells [manuscript] 1869-1891. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647943113

American author, editor, and critic, William Dean Howells was born on March 1, 1837, in Martin's Ferry, Ohio and died May 11, 1920, in New York, New York. Howells was an editor for over forty years, beginning work as writer and/or editor for several Ohio journals and newspapers. In 1861 President Lincoln arranged Howells's appointment as the United States Consul to Venice, Italy, which he continued until 1865. During this tenure he authored of the column "Letter from Venice." In 1866 he began as an assistant editor for Atlantic Monthly, becoming its chief editor in 1871 and continue as such until 1881. He joined Harper's Monthly (New York City) in 1886, where he was the author of the column "Editor's Study" (1886–1891) and later the column "Editor's Easy Chair" (1900–1920).

In addition to editing, Howells wrote poetry, novels, short fiction, biographies, plays, essays and criticism, travel narratives, as well as autobiographies and reminiscences. He was as a lecturer in Italian literature at Harvard University from 1869–71 and a founding sponsor of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In addition to honorary degrees granted by Harvard University, Yale University, Oxford University, Columbia University, Princeton University, and Adelbert College, Howells received the Gold Medal for fiction (now known as the Howells Medal) from the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1915.

"William Dean Howells." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Biography Resource Center). http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC (accessed April 2008).

From the guide to the William Dean Howells letter to Mr. Underwood, 1874 September 22, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)

American author, critic and journalist; editor of Atlantic monthly and Harper's monthly magazine.

Championed realism and naturalism in American literature through his own writings and through his criticism, in which he encouraged younger realists, including Mark Twain, Stephen Crane and Frank Norris.

From the description of Editor's easy chair, [1919]. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122378816

William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was an American author, novelist and literary critic. Born in Ohio, he had his first poem published (by his newspaper editor father) at the age of 15. Starting in 1858 he wrote poetry, short stories, and translations for the Ohio State Journal, and in 1860 he published a biography of Abraham Lincoln. He wrote for various magazines and publications until 1866 when he became assistant editor, and then editor (1871), of the Atlantic Monthly, a position he held until 1881. In 1904, he was one of the first seven chosen for membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he later served as the organization's president.

Howells wrote plays, essays, and literary criticism but is perhaps best known for his novels, which include Their Wedding Journey (1872), A Modern Instance (1882), The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885), Annie Kilburn (1888), and A Hazard of New Fortunes (1890).

From the guide to the William Dean Howells Collection, 1872-1917, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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