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William Dean Howells

  • Birth 1 Mar 1837 Martins Ferry, Belmont County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 11 May 1920 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Burial Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 517

Writer. Born in Martins Ferry, Ohio, he was author and literary critic, dubbed "The Dean of American Letters". He began us career as a typesetter for his father and in 1852, he was elected as a clerk in the Ohio State House of Representatives. By the mid-1850s, he was editor of the Ohio State Journal, published poems, stories and wrote reviews for magazines. As editor of the Atlantic Monthly in the late 1880s, he became a proponent writer of realistic and romantic fiction. His works were also published in magazines such as Harper's New Monthly and The North American Review. He also wrote over a hundred books in various genres, including novels, poems, literary criticism, plays, memoirs and travel narratives. Some of his best known books included "A Modern Instance" (1881), "The Rise of Silas Lapham" (1885), "A Hazard of New Fortunes" (1890), "The Landlord at Lion's Head" (1897) and "The Son of Royal Langbrith" (1904). In 1908, he was elected the first president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which instituted its Howells Medal for Fiction in 1915. He died from pneumonia at age 83 in Manhattan, New York.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 517
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Dean Howells (1 Mar 1837–11 May 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 517, citing Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .