William Dean Howells Correspondence and compositions
Primarily letters from American novelist William Dean Howells to his wife.
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
Extent.5 linear feet (1 box)
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.
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.
Organized into the following series:
- I. MS Am 1251.1: Letters to Elinor Howells
- II. MS Am 1251.2: Letters to William Dean Howells
- III. MS Am 1251.3: Compositions
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.
- Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920. William Dean Howells Correspondence and compositions, 1894-1917: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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