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William Dean Howells (1837 – 1920)

Nationality: American
Born: American
Periods: American: 1865-1900
              American: 20th Century

A major figure in the realism and naturalism movements in American literature.

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A Hazard of New Fortunes

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Criticism about William Dean Howells

The Later Novel: Howells
This lengthy analysis of the author’s life and work includes sections on “The Dime Novel”, “Harriet Beecher Stowe”, “Lew Wallace”, “William Dean Howells”, “The Development of His Taste”, “Experiments in Fiction”, “Francis Marion Crawford”, “Reactions from Official Realism; Rococo Romance”, “Stephen Crane “, and “Jack London.”
Contains: Extensive Bio, Criticism, Bibliography
Author: Carl Van Doren
From: The Cambridge History of English and American Literature Volume XVII: American Later National Literature, Part II
William Dean Howells
“FROM the Middle West came the principal exponent of native realism, as an author so prolific during the sixty years between his earliest book and his latest that he amounts almost to a library in himself, as editor and critic so influential that he amounts almost to a literary movement.”
Contains: Criticism, Extensive Bio
Author: Carl Van Doren
From: The American Novel Chapter 6, sec. 2; New York: MacMillan, 1921
The William Dean Howells Society Site
“The Howells Society home page includes complete links to Howells’s works on the web (including some not available elsewhere). It features secondary bibliographies, critical commentary from the discussion list HOWELLS-L, annotated links to other authors of the period, photographs, and information about the Howells Society.” (Description written by Donna Campbell)
Contains: Pictures, Webliography, Bibliography, Works Available, Works List, Sketch
Author: The William Dean Howells Society

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