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MS Am 1251.1-1251.3

Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920. William Dean Howells Correspondence and compositions, 1894-1917: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1251.1-1251.3
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920.
Title: William Dean Howells Correspondence and compositions,
Date(s): 1894-1917.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Primarily letters from American novelist William Dean Howells to his wife.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

51M-242-246. Gift of Miss Mildred Howells, 63 Pine Street, Peterborough, New Hampshire and Mr. John Mead Howells, 580 Park Avenue, New York 21, New York; received: 1952 May 29.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

William Dean Howells Correspondence and Compositions, 1894-1917 (MS Am 1251.1-1251.3). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

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.


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Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence between the Howells family on such topics as travels in New York City, finding apartments in New York, church and religion, sickness and paralysis, and extensive communication about William Dean Howells' father who was ill. Collection also contains one birthday telegram from Woodrow Wilson to William Dean Howells. Also includes two manuscripts: Masque of Disease written by Howells in collaboration with Edmund Gosse and notes on Court Martial at Fort P.

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