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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1784.16

William Dean Howells additional papers


Materials by and about William Dean Howells including autograph manuscripts and an ambrotype portrait.


  • Creation: 1858-1937

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Includes holograph and typescript manuscripts of the following titles: The American James; A confession of St. Augustine, Fla.; Editor's easy chair; Eighty years and after; A hazard of new fortunes (intro.); The landlord at Lion's head; The leather-wood god; An old Venetian friend; Pride and prejudice (intro.); Priest or painter, dramatization of A forgone conclusion (with revisions by William Poel); Priscilla; Sketch of Winnie's life (containing poems by Winifred Howells); and To the memory of Joseph Alexander Howells. Other materials included are: 1858 ambrotype portrait of Howells and his brother John.

Biographical / Historical

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


Arranged alphabeticaly by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

87M-91. Manuscripts presented by: William White Howells, 274 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116; received 1986 February 10.

Processing Information

Processed by: Patricia Burdick

Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920. William Dean Howells additional papers, 1858-1937: Guide.
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