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Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920.

William Dean Howells letter to Mr. Underwood

1874 September 22


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F818


Creator: Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920.


Title: William Dean Howells letter to Mr. Underwood


Inclusive Dates: 1874 September 22


Extent: 1 item


Abstract: One letter handwritten by William Dean Howells to Mr. Underwood, dated September 22, 1874.


Language: Materials entirely in English.



Citation

MSS 099, F818, William Dean Howells letter to Mr. Underwood, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Shelved in SPEC MSS 099

Location

Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/

Source

Gift of Doris Grumbach, February 2008.

Processing

Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, April 2008.


The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

American author, editor, and critic, William Dean Howells was born on March 1, 1837, in Martin's Ferry, Ohio and died May 11, 1920, in New York, New York. Howells was an editor for over forty years, beginning work as writer and/or editor for several Ohio journals and newspapers. In 1861 President Lincoln arranged Howells's appointment as the United States Consul to Venice, Italy, which he continued until 1865. During this tenure he authored of the column "Letter from Venice." In 1866 he began as an assistant editor for Atlantic Monthly, becoming its chief editor in 1871 and continue as such until 1881. He joined Harper's Monthly (New York City) in 1886, where he was the author of the column "Editor's Study" (1886–1891) and later the column "Editor's Easy Chair" (1900–1920).

In addition to editing, Howells wrote poetry, novels, short fiction, biographies, plays, essays and criticism, travel narratives, as well as autobiographies and reminiscences. He was as a lecturer in Italian literature at Harvard University from 1869–71 and a founding sponsor of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In addition to honorary degrees granted by Harvard University, Yale University, Oxford University, Columbia University, Princeton University, and Adelbert College, Howells received the Gold Medal for fiction (now known as the Howells Medal) from the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1915.

Sources:

"William Dean Howells." Contemporary Authors Online (reproduced in Biography Resource Center). http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/BioRC (accessed April 2008).


Scope and Content Note

One letter handwritten by William Dean Howells to Mr. Underwood, dated September 22, 1874, in which Howells declines to serve on a book committee.


Selected Search Terms

Topical Terms
American editor––History––20th century––Sources.
American literature––History––20th century––Sources.
Form/Genre Terms
Letters (correspondence)
Occupation
Editors.

Detailed Contents List

William Dean Howells letter to Mr. Underwood , 1874 September 22   [Box 54 F818]

1 item (1 leaf)