William Dean Howells

Standard Name: Howells, William Dean
Used Form: W. D. Howells


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Family and Intimate relationships Pauline Johnson
PJ 's mother, Emily Susanna Howells , was a Quaker born in Bristol, England. She had come to Canada from Ohio to visit a sister and to escape an over-strict father. She was a cousin...
Friends, Associates Harriet Beecher Stowe
Two hundred people celebrated HBS 's seventy-first birthday, including Elizabeth Stuart Phelps , Oliver Wendell Holmes , and William Dean Howells .
Hedrick, Joan. Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Life. Oxford University Press.
Friends, Associates Rebecca Harding Davis
Early in her career, RHD was in contact with William Dean Howells , assistant editor of the Atlantic Monthly, where she articulated her theory of the commonplace in the late 1860s.
Harris, Sharon M. Rebecca Harding Davis and American Realism. University of Pennsylvania Press.
Friends, Associates Sara Jeannette Duncan
In Washington, amid many social pleasures, SJD met Frances Hodgson Burnett and the columnist Abigail Dodge . She also developed a friendship with William Dean Howells and his family which continued sporadically for many years...
Intertextuality and Influence Rebecca Harding Davis
Jean Pfaelzer has admired its world of complex moral choices.
Pfaelzer, Jean. Parlor Radical: Rebecca Harding Davis and the Origins of American Social Realism. University of Pittsburgh Press.
As an ambitious but weak man who is easily tempted by social pressures,Pfaelzer argues that Andross prefigures characters such as William Dean Howells
Literary responses Constance Smedley
The Times noted with approval that the book was well-balanced, evincing sympathy for both sides of its private-public struggle, and pleasurable as well as thought-provoking.
Smedley, Constance. Commoners’ Rights. Chatto and Windus.
William Dean Howells , an admirer of CS ...
Literary responses Constance Smedley
Though Liberals welcomed the pageant, it was widely condemned by the County or local landowners as socialistic.
Smedley, Constance, and Maxwell Armfield. Crusaders. Chatto & Windus.
203, 206
But the driver who took the Armfields home at the end of the last day said:...
Literary responses Rebecca Harding Davis
An early review in The Nation (which also discussed RHD 's fiction in general) again criticized her for her unpleasant characters, but conceded that though she shows bad taste in various ways, or perhaps because...
Author summary Sara Jeannette Duncan
SJD was a Canadian journalist, poet, and novelist whose work spans the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her writing generally features characters who fail to live up to their own potential, such as Lorne...
Publishing Virginia Woolf
Virginia Stephen (later VW ) published a review of W. D. Howells 's The Son of Royal Langbrith on the women's page of the Guardian (not the then Manchester Guardian but a weekly paper for clergymen).
Woolf, Virginia. The Essays of Virginia Woolf. Editors McNeillie, Andrew and Stuart Nelson Clarke, Hogarth Press.
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Woolf, Virginia. “Introduction; Editorial Note”. The Essays of Virginia Woolf, edited by Andrew McNeillie, Hogarth Press, pp. vols. 1 - 4: various pages.
Publishing Pauline Johnson
PJ published In the Shadows, a canoeing poem, in The Week after it had been rejected by her mother's cousin William Dean Howells , then editor at Harper's.
Keller, Betty. Pauline: A Biography of Pauline Johnson. Douglas and McIntyre.
Reception Eudora Welty
In an appreciative review, V. S. Pritchett described Edna Earle's monologic narrative as remarkable for its headlong garrulity and also for its preposterous silences and changes of subject at the crises of the tale.EW
Reception Rebecca Harding Davis
This book was widely reviewed and highly praised, except that the The Independent complained about its refusal to mete out poetic justice to its characters according to their deserving.
Harris, Sharon M. Rebecca Harding Davis and American Realism. University of Pennsylvania Press.
By this date, however, William Dean Howells
Reception Susan Ferrier
SF 's protagonists were included with those of Jane Austen , Frances Burney , Amelia Opie , Ann Radcliffe and others in W. D. Howells 's Heroines of Fiction, 1901.


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