Howells's Contemporaries on the Web

Note: This list represents only a few of the authors whom Howells knew or wrote about. If you have suggestions for additions to this page, send in the information and links.

  • James Weldon Johnson
  • Mary N. Murfree (Charles Egbert Craddock)
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar
    Paul Laurence Dunbar
    Welcome to the Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar.  This site at the University of Dayton includes a biographical sketch, poems both in text form and read aloud by Herbert Woodward Martin, professor emeritus at the University of Dayton, links to sites about Dunbar,  teaching resources, and other materials. Image is courtesy of this site.

    The Dunbar Digital Text Collection at Wright State University Library includes over two hundred poems from these collections as well as images of the covers: Howdy Honey Howdy (Dodd Mead and Company, 1905); Li'L Gal (Dodd Mead and Company, ca. 1896, 1904); and Lyrics of Lowly Life (Dodd Mead and Company, 1896) with introduction by W.D. Howells. 

    The Scriptorium exhibit at Duke University provides biographical information and audio clips of a performance of William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony (1931), to which Grant added poetry by Dunbar. 

    Hamlin Garland
    Hamlin Garland. Keith Newlin's extensive scholarly site includes an essay on Garland's literary creed, Garland's essay on French impressionism, a collection of photographs, information on editing Garland, and even 1937 film clips of Garland at his desk and making coffee. Picture is courtesy of this site.

    The Hamlin Garland Society site contains a gallery of photographs, links to Garland's works and other resources, an online membership form (no dues are required), instructions for joining GARLAND-L, and many other materials. 

    Henry James 
    The Henry James Scholar's Guide to Web Sites. This extensive site at New Paltz contains e-texts of The Sacred Fount, The Golden Bowl, The Ambassadors, and other works.  It also includes  movie reviews and many links to other sites where James's works are available. Picture is courtesy of this site.
    Mark Twain
    Mark Twain
    Photo courtesy of The Electronic 
    Text Center at the University
    of Virginia.
    Mark Twain in His Times. Stephen Railton's excellent archival site contains much interpretive material as well as illustrated e-texts of The Innocents Abroad, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Pudd'nhead Wilson

    Mark Twain. Jim Zwick's extensive site includes a great deal of material on the later Twain and imperialism, a large photo gallery of Twain and his associates (including Howells), chapters from Albert Bigelow Paine's biography of Twain, and some selected works by Howells. 

    TwainWeb. TwainWeb is the homepage of the Mark Twain Forum, a scholarly e-mail list devoted to the life and writings of Mark Twain. This site includesaddenda to Tenney's Mark Twain: A Reference Guide and other bibliographic materials as well as a page about the Mark Twain Circle.

    Mark Twain Circular. Newletter of the Mark Twain Circle.

    The Mark Twain Papers and Project at the Bancroft Library.  Extensive description of the collection (but no online materials). 

    Searchable Database of Mark Twain Letters at the Bancroft Library.

    Stephen Crane
    Stephen Crane Stephen Crane Collection at Columbia University. Includes a searchable index of materials. 

    The Red Badge of Courage: Critical Reception. An extensive site at the University of Virginia with contemporary critical reviews.

    The Stephen Crane Society Home Page. This updated site includes comprehensive links to Crane's works, some edited by noted Crane scholar Stanley Wertheim, tables of contents for Stephen Crane Studies, a Crane bibliography, and other materials.

    Theodore Dreiser
    Theodore Dreiser Society. This site contains membership information, a link to the Dreiser listserv, information on Dreiser Studies, and even a Dreiser quiz. 

    Dreiser Archives at the University of Pennsylvania. 

    Photo courtesy of the Theodore Dreiser Papers, Special Collections, University of Pennsylvania, and the Theodore Dreiser Society.

    Frank Norris 
    Frank Norris

    Frank Norris. Links to all of Norris's works available on the web as well as an NPR "Book Club of the Air" discussion with Norris scholar Joseph McElrath, Jr.

    Frank Norris Society.

    Charles Gilman Norris.  Although none of Charles Norris's works are available online as yet, this page provides a  list of  his works and F. Scott Fitzgerald's comments on his novel Salt.

    Photo reproduced from A Novelist in the Making, ed. James D. Hart (Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard U P, 1970)

    Benito Pérez Galdós
    "I may say of the 'Dona Perfecta' of Galdos that no book, if I except those of the greatest Russians, has given me a keener and deeper impression; it is infinitely pathetic, and is full of humor, which, if more caustic than that of Valdes, is not less delicious.  But I like all the books of Galdos that I have read, and though he seems to have worked more tardily out of his romanticism than Valdes, since be has worked finally into such realism as that of Leon Roch, his greatness leaves nothing to be desired." W. D. Howells, Literary Friends and Acquaintance
    Benito Pérez Galdós in the Columbia Encyclopedia
    A picture of Galdos (site in Spanish)
    Bibliography and suggested essay topics
    Edith Wharton
    Edith Wharton in 1907

    Edith Wharton's World. An outstanding photo collection from an exhibit at the Smithsonian curated by Eleanor Dwight and Viola Hopkins Winner. 

    Edith Wharton Society. The Edith Wharton Society includes links to all of Wharton's texts available online, links to other sites, bibliographies, queries and responses, membership information, calls for papers, and an index to the Edith Wharton Review.

    Photograph reproduced from The Letters of Edith Wharton, edited by R. W. B. Lewis and Nancy Lewis (New York: Macmillan/Collier Books, 1988).

    Sarah Orne Jewett 
    The Sarah Orne Jewett Text Project.  This site at Coe College is dedicated to putting all of Jewett's texts online. 

    More links for Jewett.

    Constance Fenimore Woolson

    Photograph reproduced from 
    Fred Kaplan's Henry James : 
    The Imagination of Genius
    (New York: William Morrow, 1992)

    Constance Fenimore Woolson Society Page.  Created and maintained by Victoria Brehm at Grand Valley State University, this authoritative and comprehensive scholarly site includes a chronology of Woolson's life, bibliographies of  primary and secondary works, calls for papers, pictures,  teaching resources, and information about the CFWS. 

    Constance Fenimore Woolson. This page includes links to Woolson's works, including many stories from the University of Michigan's Making of America Project. 

    General Sites about Howells's Contemporaries
    Paul P. Reuben's Perspectives in American Literature Pages. Part of Perspectives in American Literature: A Research and Reference Guide, this site includes links to sites about and extensive secondary bibliographies on Sarah Orne Jewett, Charles W. Chesnutt, Frances E. W. Harper, and most other contemporaries of Howells.




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