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William Dean Howells

Author, Critic (1-Mar-1837 — 11-May-1920)


Paul Abeln. William Dean Howells and the Ends of Realism. London: Routledge/Taylor & Francis. 2004. 165pp.

William Alexander. William Dean Howells: The Realist as Humanist. New York: Burt Franklin Publisher. 1981. 208pp.

Michael Anesko. Letters, Fictions, Lives: Henry James and William Dean Howells. Oxford University Press. 1997. 510pp.

George N. Bennett. William Dean Howells: The Development of a Novelist. University of Oklahoma Press. 1959. 220pp.

George N. Bennett. The Realism of William Dean Howells, 1889-1920. Vanderbilt University Press. 1973. 254pp.

Daniel H. Borus. Writing Realism: Howells, James, and Norris in the Mass Market. University of North Carolina Press. 1989.

Vito J. Brenni (editor). William Dean Howells: A Bibliography. Rowman & Littlefield. 1973. 212pp.

Edwin H. Cady; David L. Frazier (editors). The War of the Critics over William Dean Howells. Evanston, IL: Row, Peterson & Co.. 1962. 244pp.

Edwin H. Cady. Young Howells and John Brown: Episodes in a Radical Education. Ohio State University Press. 1985. 116pp.

Edwin Harrison Cady. The Road to Realism: The Early Years 1837-1886 of William Dean Howells. Syracuse University Press. 1956. 283pp.

Edwin Harrison Cady. The Realist at War: The Mature Years 1885-1920 of William Dean Howells. Syracruse University Press. 1958. 299pp.

Edwin Harrison Cady; Louis J. Budd (editors). On Howells: The Best from American Literature. Duke University Press. 1993. 274pp.

George C. Carrington; Ildiko De Papp Carrington. Plots and Characters in the Fiction of William Dean Howells. Archon Press. 1976. 306pp.

George C. Carrington, Jr.. The Immense Complex Drama: The World and Art of the Howells Novel. Ohio State University Press. 1966. 245pp.

Everett Carter. Howells and the Age of Realism. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co.. 1954. 307pp.

Delmar G. Cooke. William Dean Howells: A Critical Study. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co.. 1922. 448pp.

John Crowley (editor). The Mask of Fiction: Essays on W. D. Howells. University of Massachusetts Press. 1989. 288pp.

John William Crowley. The Dean of American Letters: The Late Career of William Dean Howells. University of Massachusetts Press. 1999. 146pp.

Rob Davidson. The Master and the Dean: The Literary Criticism of Henry James and William Dean Howells. University of Missouri Press. 2005.

Carl Dawson; Susan Goodman. William Dean Howells. University of California Press. 2005. 520pp.

Kenneth E. Eble. William Dean Howells. Twayne. 1982.

Kenneth E. Eble (editor). Howells: A Century of Criticism. Southern Methodist University Press. 1970. 247pp.

Clayton L. Eichelberger (editor). Published Comment on William Dean Howells through 1920: A Research Bibliography. G. K. Hall. 1976. 330pp.

Paul A. Eschholz. Critics on William Dean Howells. University of Miami Press. 1975. 128pp.

Oscar W. Firkins. William Dean Howells: A Study. Harvard University Press. 1924. 356pp.

Olov W. Fryckstedt. In Quest of America: A Study of Howells' Early Development as a Novelist. Harvard University Press. 1958. 287pp.

William M. Gibson; George Arms. Bibliography William Dean Howells. New York: The New York Public Library. 1948. 182pp.

Alexander Harvey. William Dean Howells: A Study of the Achievement of a Literary Artist. Haskell House. 1972. 267pp.

Robert L. Hough. The Quiet Rebel: William Dean Howells as Social Commentator. University of Nebraska Press. 1959. 137pp.

Mildred Howells (editor). Life in Letters of William Dean Howells. Doubleday, Doran & Company. 1928. (2 vols.) 429pp. + 426pp.

Clara Marburg Kirk; Rudolf Kirk. William Dean Howells. Twayne. 1962. 223pp.

Keenneth Schuyler Lynn. William Dean Howells: An American Life. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 1971. 372pp.

William McMurray. The Literary Realism of William Dean Howells. Southern Illinois University Press. 1967. 147pp.

Elsa Nettels. Language, Race, and Social Class in Howells's America. University Press of Kentucky. 1988. 236pp.

Rodney D. Olsen. Dancing in Chains: The Youth of William Dean Howells. New York University Press. 1991. 288pp.

Donald E. Pease (editor). New Essays on The Rise of Silas Lapham. Cambridge University Press. 1991. 142pp.

Elizabeth Stevens Prioleau. The Circle of Eros: Sexuality in the Work of William Dean Howells. Duke University Press. 1983. 226pp.

Kermit Vanderbilt. The Achievement of William Dean Howells: A Reinterpretation. Princeton University Press. 1968.

Edward Wagenknecht. William Dean Howells: The Friendly Eye. Oxford University Press. 1969. 340pp.


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  6. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of American Writers

  7. Encyclopedia of American Biography (p.570)

  8. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.739)

  9. Webster's American Biographies (p.514)

  10. New York Public Library Literature Companion (p.289)

  11. The Oxford Companion to American Literature, 5th Edition (p.349)

  12. American Authors 1600-1900 (pp.393-94)

  13. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.488)

  14. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.352)

  15. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.245)

  16. Concise Dictionary of American Biography (p.461)

  17. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.7)

  18. Makers of 19th Century Culture: 1800-1914 (p.229)

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