Volume 4, Number 1 (June, 1999)
In Baltimore the Society also held its second biennial business meeting on May 29, 1999, at which members unanimously elected new officers: Sanford E. Marovitz as vice-president and program chair and Donna Campbell as secretary-treasurer and website manager; Jesse S. Crisler will serve as president, as called for in the Society's bylaws. Another major item of business was Donna Campbell's update of the website. Still able to be accessed at index.html, the site can also be reached at a more manageable address: http://www.gonzaga.edu/howells. Additions to the site include scanned versions (including pictures), donated by Eric Eldred of Eldritch Press, of several Howells texts: The Shadow of a Dream, The Rise of Silas Lapham, An Imperative Duty, etc.; links to Howells's pieces for the "Editor's Study" at Cornell University's Making of America site; a chronology of Howells's life and writings based on works by Edwin Cady and John W. Crowley; links to materials on Howells's contemporaries; access to Howells-L, a discussion group which Donna also maintains; a section with longer commentary by Terry Oggel and Peg Wherry; an annotated list of current Howells-related articles in journals; a special Howells issue of El Escribano: The St. Augustine Journal of History,containing, among other items, Howells's incomplete and previously unpublished novel, The Home-Towners; and Don L. Cook's review of this issue. As well, this site contains back issues of The Howellsian, a directory of members, online and mail-in membership forms, and Society news.
The W. D. Howells Memorial Committee tentatively
plans to hold a two-day conference, "New Psychology, New Politics: William
Dean Howells and His Contemporaries, " at Kittery Point, Maine, 6-7 October
2000. Those chairing sessions include Michael Anesko, Elsa Nettels,
Polly Howells, John Crowley, and David Nordloh. Members may get in
touch with Roger Stoddard (Curator of Rare Books, Houghton Library, Harvard
University, Cambridge, MA 02138) for information.
[Note: Minor additions of new information
or changes have been added in brackets.]