Resources for Teachers and Students

For Teachers
If you teach Howells in your classes and would like to share lectures, lessons, or exercises you use, please send the information to the site.

Biographical Information

  •   The Literary Encyclopedia has a good biographical entry on Howells and links to his contemporaries' biographies as well.
  • A biographical sketch of Howells at the Howells Society site.
  • The William Dean Howells house in St. Augustine, Florida. Information and pictures from the Old St. Augustine Village site.
  • William Dean Howells: A Brief Chronology
  • Jim Zwick's Anti-Imperialism in the United States site has many of Howells's essays, and his large Mark Twain site  has texts, pictures, and commentary on Howells and Twain.
  • The "Quotes and Images" page from Project Gutenberg contains memorable quotations from Howells's works as well as a number of pictures like the one included on this page.
  • Scholarship and Teaching
  •  Don L. Cook's review of William Dean Howells in St. Augustine.
  • Guide to the William Dean Howells papers at the University of Rochester library.
  •  John W. Crowley's comments on and suggestions for teaching Howells from the Heath Anthology site.
  • Douglas Emory Wilson's review of A Selected Edition of William Dean Howells in Text: Transactions of the Society for Textual Scholarship (December 1996)
  • Annotated Online Bibliography of Current Criticism
  • Recent Books and Articles on Howells (1994-present)
  • Recommended Books and Articles on Howells
  • James Tuttleton, "William Dean Howells and the Practice of Criticism" (New Criterion, 1992)

    For Students
  • Reading questions on The Rise of Silas Lapham from the American Authors site.
  • Paul Reuben's Perspectives in American Literature site on Howells contains a bibliography and study questions on "Editha."
  • A set of study questions on "Editha" from the American Authors site.
  • The Literary Movements in American Literature site contains a definition of realism and realism bibliography.
  • The Norton Anthology of American Literature site contains information on realism, naturalism, and Howells.
  • A Student's Guide to American Literature contains brief notes on Howells as a poet and as a novelist.
  • A short bibliography on "Editha" is now available on the Student Queries page.

  • Pictures of Howells and Other Materials
  • Picture of bronze relief of Howells and his daughter Mildred by Augustus St. Gaudens (1898).
  • Cartoon of Howells from Life magazine in the 1890s: "William Dean Howells, the young author of promise." From Mary Klages's course on the American 1890s

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