Howells, William Dean (b. 1837)

Howells, William Dean, a popular American novelist, the son of a Swedenborgian journalist, born at Martin's Ferry, Ohio; adopted journalism as a profession, produced a popular Life of Lincoln, and from 1861 to 1865 was Consul at Venice; resuming journalism he became a contributor to the best American papers and magazines, and was for a number of years editor of the Atlantic Monthly; an excellent journalist, poet, and critic, it is yet as a novelist—witty, graceful, and acute—that he is best known; “A Chance Acquaintance,” “A Foregone Conclusion,” “A Modern Instance,” “An Indian Summer” are among his more popular works; (b. 1837).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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