W. D. Howells

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Metaphysical, agnostic, and ironic with a modernist voice.

“Howells’ reputation will continue to rest on his fiction and criticism, but of all his published writings, his poetry gives the most immediate sense of his state of mind and thus is essential to a full understanding of the writer in the last decades of his life. Flawlessly edited, this volume belongs in all college and university libraries.”


Full texts of thirteen of Howells’s short stories, each preceded by a thorough critical analysis.

While William Dean Howells is today best remembered as Mark Twain’s staunchest defender, Howells was, at his peak, the unrivaled man of letters in America: he had no contemporary equal. The achievements of both Twain and Henry James have since surpassed those of Howells in the literary hierarchy, but the work of Howells still remains an important part of American letters.