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Armbruster, Elif S. Domestic Biographies : Stowe, Howells, James, and Wharton at Home. Studies on Themes and Motifs in Literature ;. New York: Peter Lang, 2011. Print.

Birns, Nicholas. "'The City Preaches the Best Sermon': The Episcopal Church and Moral Growth in Gilded Age American Fiction." The Anglican: A Journal of Anglican Identity 40, no. 2 (Spring 2011), 14-19.

Campbell, Donna M. "W. D. Howells's Unpublished Letters to J. Harvey Greene." Resources for American Literary Study 14 (2009) [2011]: 73-94.

Goodman, Susan. Republic of Words : The Atlantic Monthly and Its Writers, 1857-1925. Hanover [N.H.]: University Press of New England, 2011. Print.

Isoldo, Ludovico. "Crawford, Howells, and the Art of the Novel." A Hundred Years After: New Light on Francis Marion Crawford. Ed. Poole, Gordon M. Naples, Italy: Di Mauro, 2011. 286 pp. Print.

Kuchera, Carolyn. "W. D. Howells at Home and on Home: A Recovered 1886 Interview." American Literary Realism 44.1 (2011): 74-79. Print.

Lavin, Matthew J. "Clean Hands and an Iron Face: Frontier Masculinity and Boston Manliness in The Rise of Silas Lapham." Western American Literature 45.4 (2011): 362-82. Print.

Loving, Jerome. "Whitman Surprised: The Poet in 1885." Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 28.3 (2011): 141-44. Print.

Morgan, Rosemarie. "Uncollected Items, Iv: Some Early Uncollected Illustrations of Hardy's Heroines." Hardy Review 13.1 (2011): 15-21. Print.

Renfroe, Alicia Mischa. "Casting Lots,  Cannibalism, and Contracts in William Dean Howells's A Modern Instance." English Language Notes 48.2 (2010): 143-52.

Wasserman, Renata. "The Press in Novels: Credit, Power, and Mobility in William D. Howells's Modern Instance and Lima Barreto's Recordacoes Do Escrivao Isaias Caminha." Comparative Literature Studies 48.1 (2011): 44-63. Print.

Weeks Stogner, Elissa Janae. "The Ethics of American Realism : 1860-1910." Thesis (Ph D ). UMI Dissertation Services,



The issue of Profils Américains on William Dean Howells (volume 21) has been published by the Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée (PULM). -- Guillaume Tanguy

Barnes, David. "Historicizing the Stones: Ruskin's the Stones of Venice and Italian Nationalism." Comparative Literature 62.3 (2010): 246-61. Print.

Bush, Harold K. "Summer's Last Stand: Rediscovering W. D. Howells."

Crowley, John W. "An Introduction to The Rise of Silas Lapham." American Literary Realism 42.2 (2010): 151-73. Print.

Herring, William Rodney. Manners of Speaking: Linguistic Capital and the Rhetoric of Correctness in Late-Nineteenth-Century America. 2010. Print.

Hopper, Briallen Elisabeth. Feeling Right in American Reform Culture. 2010. Print.

Li, Hsin-ying. "Fearful Realty: 'The Ghostly Rental' and 'His Apparition'." Tamkang Review: A Quarterly of Literary and Cultural Studies 40.2 (2010): 123-49. Print.

MacLaren, I. S. "Writing History About Literatures Amidst 'the Limitations, Challenges, and Successes of a Multicultural Society'." Canadian Poetry: Studies, Documents, Reviews 66 (2010): 117-34. Print.

Malachuk, Daniel S. "American Realism's Transcendental Other." Realism's Others. Eds. Baker, Geoffrey and Eva Aldea. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars, 2010.

Marchand, Mary. "Faking It: Social Bluffing and Class Difference in Howells's the Rise of Silas Lapham." New England Quarterly: A Historical Review of New England Life and Letters 83.2 (2010): 283-312. Print.

Petrie, Paul R. An Imperative Duty. Broadview Editions (Broadview Editions). Peterborough, ON: Broadview, 2010. Print.

Tanguy, Guillaume. "De La 'Rurbanisation' Du Heros Americain: The Rise of Silas Lapham." EREA: Revue Electronique d'Etudes sur le Monde Anglophone 7.2 (2010): 14 pages. Print.

Tanguy, Guillaume. "The Rise of Silas Lapham: Scientificite Et 'Autorite' Du Discours Realiste De William Dean Howells." Esthetique Et Representation: Monde Anglophone (1750-1900) (Esthetique Et Representation: Monde Anglophone (1750-1900)). Eds. Ludot-Vlasak, Ronan and Claire Maniez. Grenoble, France: ELLUG, 2010. 236 pp. Print.


Ahmad, Dohra. Landscapes of Hope: Anti-Colonial Utopianism in America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

D'Amore, Maura, and Philip F. Gura. "Country Life within City Reach Masculine Domesticity in Suburban America, 1819-1871." 2009. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. <,2300>.

Daugherty, Sarah. "Prospects for the Study of William Dean Howells." Prospects for the Study of American Literature (Ii). Eds. Richard Kopley and Barbara Cantalupo. New York: AMS Press, 2009

Edwards, Tim. "The Real Prayer and the Imagined: The War against Romanticism in Twain, Howells, and Bierce." Journal of Transnational American Studies 1.1 (2009): 71-74.

Forster, Sophia. "Americanist Literary Realism: Howells, Historicism, and American Exceptionalism." MFS: Modern Fiction Studies 55.2 (2009): 216-41.

Palmer, Stephanie C. Together by Accident: American Local Color Literature and the Middle Class. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009.

Rubin, Lance. "Cannibalism and Consumption in the Altrurian Romances of William Dean Howells." Culinary Aesthetics and Practices in Nineteenth-Century American Literature. Eds. Monika Elbert and Marie Drews. New York: Palgrave, 2009. 221-236.


Bauch, Jonathan. "Public German, Private Jew: The Secret Identity of Berthold Lindau in Howells' A Hazard of New Fortunes." American Literary Realism 41.1 (2008): 14-34.

Blake, Linnie. "William Dean Howells and the City of New York: A Hazard of New Writing." Studies in the Literary Imagination 41.1 (2008): 1-19.

Chung, June Hee. "Asian Object Lessons: Orientalist Decoration in Realist Aesthetics from William Dean Howells to Sui Sin Far." Studies in American Fiction 36.1 (2008): 27-50.

Dooley, Patrick K. A Community of Inquiry: Conversations between Classical American Philosophy and American Literature. Kent, OH: Kent State UP, 2008.

Fellers, Thomas J. "The Novel of Business and the Business of the Novel W.D. Howells' Examination of Prosperity Archetypes." 2008. University Libraries, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. <>.

Forster, Sophia Ella. "The Virtues of Our Defects: Social Critique in Nineteenth-Century American Literature." 2008. <>.

Heggins Bryant, Nathaniel Zachery. "Experiencing the Modern American City and Addressing the Slum in the United States and Brazil 1890-1933." 2008. <>.

Hogue, Beverly J. "From Mulberries to Machines: Planting the Simulated Garden." Isle: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 15.1 (2008): 101-10.

Jennings, Lynn Carol. "The Misspoken: (Re)Reading Figures of Black Women in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century American Literature." Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences: U of Wisconsin, Madison, 2008. 5067-67. Vol. 68.

Margolies, Edward. New York and the Literary Imagination: The City in Twentieth Century Fiction and Drama. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008.

Petrie, Paul. “Racial Duties:  Toward a Pragmatist Ethic of Race in W.D. Howells’ An Imperative Duty.”  Nineteenth-Century Studies 63 (2008): 223-254.

Rubin, Lance. William Dean Howells and the American Memory Crisis. Amherst, N.Y.: Cambria Press, 2008.

Smith, Jeffrey Ross. "Hazardous Reconstitutions: Imitation and the Production of the Self in Late Nineteenth-Century American Fiction." Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences: U of California, Davis, 2008. 3859-59. Vol. 68.

Stokes, Claudia. "In Defense of Genius: Howells and the Limits of Literary History." American Literary Realism 40.3 (2008): 189-203.

Vidal, Gore. The Selected Essays of Gore Vidal. Ed. Jay Parini. New York: Doubleday, 2008.

Wells, Stephen H. "William Dean Howells and the New Science Darwinian Evolution and the Rise of Realism." 2008. <>.


Anesko, Michael. "Guilt by Dissociation; or, the Merciless Quality of the Quality of Mercy." American Literary Realism 39.2 (2007): 126-37.

Arac, Jonathan. "Babel and Vernacular in an Empire of Immigrants: Howells and the Languages of American Fiction." Boundary 2: An International Journal of Literature and Culture 34.2 (2007): 1-20.

Bartel, Kim. "Kant's Narrative of Hope in the Gilded Age." American Literary History 19.3 (2007): 661-68.

Christianson, Frank. Philanthropy in British and American Fiction: Dickens, Hawthorne, Eliot, and Howells. Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh UP, 2007.

Dawson, Melanie. "Searching for 'Common Ground': Class, Sympathy, and Perspective in Howells' Social Fiction." American Literary Realism 39.3 (2007): 189-212.

Graydon, Ben. "Product Branding in Howells's a Modern Instance." ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 20.2 (2007): 35-39.

Howe, Patricia. "William Dean Howells's Indian Summer and Theodor Fontane's Effi Briest: Forms and Phases of the Realist Novel." Modern Language Review 102.1 (2007): 125-38.

Le Reste, Anne-Claire. "'the Reader Who Likes a Complete Image' Vs. 'the Arbiter of Destinies': Henry James's the Bostonians, William Dean Howells, and Realism." Comparative Critical Studies 4.1 (2007): 87-104.

Muhovich, Edward A. "The New Technological Man: Constructing Technology, Masculinity, and Realism in the Works of Mark Twain." Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences: U of Denver, 2007. 2457-57. Vol. 68.

Richardson, Kelly, and Lucy Frank. "'to Surprise Immortality': Spiritualism and Shakerism in William Dean Howells's the Undiscovered Country." Representations of Death in Nineteenth-Century Us Writing and Culture. Warwick Studies in the Humanities (Wsh). Aldershot, England: Ashgate, 2007. 217-30.

Towles, Matthew David. "Marching on to Zion: Prophets of Empire in the 1890s." Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences: U of Kentucky, 2007. 1464-64. Vol. 68.

Wegener, Frederick. "Marriage and the American Medical Woman in Dr. Breen's Practice." Howellsian 10.2 (2007): 4-9.

Wray, Sarah. "Light and Darkness in Howells's 'Editha': A Feminist Critique." Explicator 65.3 (2007): 157-59.


American Literary Realism Special Issue on Howells (Winter 2006, vol. 38, no. 2)

Anderson, David D. Ohio: In Fact and Fiction: Further Essays on the Ohio Experience. East Lansing, MI : Midwestern, for Center for the Study of Midwestern Literature and Culture, Michigan State University, 2006.

Belluscio, Steven J. To Be Suddenly White: Literary Realism and Racial Passing. Columbia, MO : U of Missouri P, 2006.

Budd, Louis J. "W. D. Howells and Mark Twain Judge Each Other 'Aright.'" ALR 38.2 (Winter 2006): 97-114.

Campbell, Donna M. "Howells' Untrustworthy Realist: Mary Wilkins Freeman." ALR 38.2 (Winter 2006):115-131.

Chin, Jim Cheung. "Realism and the Hierarchy of Racial Inclusion: Representations of African Americans and Chinese Americans in Post-Civil War Literature and Culture." Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences 66.12 (2006): 4385-86.

Crisler, Jesse. Introduction. ALR 38.2 (Winter 2006): 95-96.

Cutler, Edward S. "Literary Modernity and the Problem of a National Literature: Understanding William Dean Howells' Critique of Walt Whitman." ALR 38.2 (Winter 2006): 132-144.

Dooley, Patrick K. "William Dean Howells and Harold Frederic." Howellsian 9.1 (2006): 3-10.

Elliott, Rosslyn. "Other Worlds: Christianity, Conjure, and Dialogue in American Literary Realism." Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences 67.3 (2006): 934.

Murphy, John J. "William to Willa, Courtesy of Sarah: Cather, Jewett, and Howellsian Principles." ALR 38.2 (Winter 2006): 145-159.

Nettels, Elsa. "Howells and Wharton." ALR 38.2 (Winter 2006): 160-173.

Newlin, Keith. "'I Am as Ever Your Disciple': The Friendship of Hamlin Garland and W. D. Howells." Papers on Language and Literature: A Journal for Scholars and Critics of Language and Literature 42.3 (2006): 264-90.

Pérez Bernardo, María Luisa. "Pardo Bazán Y Dean Howell [Howells]: Dos Escritores Realistas Ante Un Mismo Tema Literario." La Cultura Hispánica En Sus Cruces Trans-Atlánticos. Eds. R. de la Fuente Ballesteros and J. Pérez-Magallón. Colección Cultura Iberoamericana Number: 22: Universitas Castellae, Valladolid, Spain Pagination: 233-39, 2006. 298.

Puskar, Jason. "William Dean Howells and the Insurance of the Real." American Literary History 18.1 (2006): 29+.

Soileau, Clany. "Money and Tragedy in the Nineteenth-Century Novel." Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences 67.2 (2006): 552.

Walker, Jeffrey. "What Difference a Definition Makes; or, William Dean Howells and the Sophist's Shoes." Rhetoric Society Quarterly 36.2 (2006): 143-.

Williams, Daniel G. Ethnicity and Cultural Authority: From Arnold to DuBois (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006). Distributed in America by Columbia University Press.(lengthy chapter on Howells)

Witherow, Jean. "Kate Chopin's Dialogic Engagement with W. D. Howells: 'What Cannot Love Do?'" Southern Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of the South 13.3-4 (2006): 101-16.


Abeln, Paul. William Dean Howells and the Ends of Realism.New York: Routledge, 2005.

Claybaugh, Amanda. "The Autobiography of a Substitute: Trauma, History, Howells." Yale Journal of Criticism: Interpretation in the Humanities 18.1 (2005): 45-65.

Davidson, Rob. The Master and the Dean: The Literary Criticism of Henry James and William Dean Howells. Columbia, MO : U of Missouri P, 2005.

Devlin, Athena. Between Profits and Primitivism : Shaping White Middle-Class Masculinity in the United States, 1880-1917. Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory. New York: Routledge, 2005. PS374.M37 D488 2005. Chapter 3 contains an analysis of Howells's 1903 story "His Apparition."

Goodman, Susan, and Carl Dawson. William Dean Howells: A Writer's Life. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005.

Marovitz, Sanford. "W. D. Howells: Realism, Morality, and Nostalgia." Transatlantic Cultural Contexts: Essays in Honor of Eberhard Brüning. Ed. Hartmut Keil. Stauffenberg: Verlag, 2005. 9-20.

Petrie, Paul. Conscience and Purpose: Fiction and Social Consciousness in Howells, Jewett, Chesnutt, and Cather. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2005.

Sehulster, Patricia J. "The Unanswerable Woman Question in William Dean Howell's a Hazard of New Fortunes." American Transcendental Quarterly 19.2 (2005): 115-31.

Teorey, Matthew. "'I Write Very Deliberately Indeed': Four Uncollected Interviews with W. D. Howells." American Literary Realism 37.2 (2005): 159-.

Travis, Jennifer. Wounded Hearts: Masculinity, Law, and Literature in American Culture. Chapel Hill, NC : U of North Carolina P, 2005.

Webb-Anderson, Aerie Frances. "The Finer Shades of Difference: Race, Class, and Grammar in the Nineteenth Century of Henry James, Edith Wharton, and William Dean Howells." Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences 66.6 (2005): 2221-22.


Adams, Amanda. "The Uses of Distinction: Matthew Arnold and American Literary Realism." American Literary Realism 37.1 (2004): 37-49.

Baum, Rosalie Murphy. "Editha's War: "How Glorious"." War and Words: Horror and Heroism in the Literature of Warfare. Eds. Sara Munson Deats, Lagretta Tallent Lenker and Merry G. Perry. Lexington, MD: Lanham, 2004. 145-63.

Csicsila, Joseph, and Tom Quirk. Canons by Consensus: Critical Trends and American Literature Anthologies. Tuscaloosa, AL : U of Alabama P, 2004.

Daugherty, Sarah B. "A Hazard of New Fortunes: Howells and the Trial of Pragmatism." American Literary Realism 36.2 (2004): 166-.

Davidson, Robert G. "The Master and the Dean: The Literary Criticism and Aesthetics of Henry James and William Dean Howells, 1859- 1897." Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences 64.7 (2004): 2490.

Evans, Brad. "Howellsian Chic: The Local Color of Cosmopolitanism." Elh 71.3 (2004): 775-812.

Freeman, Elizabeth. "The Whole(Y) Family: Economies of Kinship in the Progressive Era." American Literary History 16.4 (2004): 619-.

Griffin, Susan M. Anti-Catholicism and Nineteenth-Century Fiction. 141 Cambridge, England : Cambridge UP, 2004.

Inagaki, Shin'ichi. "Scientific Thought and Magic: Comparative Studies of the House of the Seven Gables and the Undiscovered Country." Journal of the American Literature Society of Japan 3 (2004): 1-18.

Jarrett, Gene. "'Entirely Black Verse from Him Would Succeed': Minstrel Realism and William Dean Howells." Nineteenth-Century Literature 59.4 (2004): 494-.

Karpinski, Joanne B. "When the Marriage of True Minds Admits Impediments: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and William Dean Howells." Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Her Contempories: Literary and Intellectual Contexts. Eds. Cynthia J. Davis and Denise D. Knight. Studies in American Literary Realism and Naturalism. Tuscaloosa, AL:U of Alabama P, 2004. 17-31.

Malone, Clifton James. "The Hitherto Uncollected Critical Opinions of William Dean Howells, or, a Study of the Critical Dicta of Howells Appearing in the 'Editor's Study' and 'Editor's Easy Chair' of the 'Harper's Monthly Magazine'." Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences 64.11 (2004): 4051.

Rosenthal, Debra J. Race Mixture in Nineteenth-Century U.S. & Spanish American Fictions: Gender, Culture and Nation Building. Chapel Hill, NC : U of North Carolina P, 2004.

Williams, Daniel. "From Hay-on-Wye to the Haymarket Riots: William Dean Howells and Wales." New Welsh Review: Wales's Literary Magazine in English 64 (2004): 49-57.

Wonham, Henry B. Playing the Races: Ethnic Caricature and American Literary Realism. Oxford, England : Oxford UP, 2004.


Ashton, Susanna. Collaborators in Literary America, 1870-1920. New York: Palgrave, 2003.

Beck, Avent Childress. "Civil War Veterans in the Fiction of Samuel Clemens, William Dean Howells, Henry Adams, and Henry James." Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences 64.5 (2003): 1650.

Edwards, Justin D. "'It Is the Race Instinct'!: Evolution, Eugenics, and Racial Ambiguity in William Dean Howells's Fiction." Evolution and Eugenics in American Literature and Culture, 1880-1940. Essays on Ideological Conflict and Complexity. Eds. Lois A. Cuddy and Claire M. Roche. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell UP--Associated UP, 2003. 59-72.

Freeman, Kimberly. "The 'Enormous Fact' of American Life: Divorce in W. D. Howells' A Modern Instance." American Literary Realism 36.1 (2003): 65-85.

Goodman, Susan. Civil Wars: American Novelists and Manners, 1880-1940. Baltimore, MD : Johns Hopkins UP, 2003.

Love, Glen A. Practical Ecocriticism : Literature, Biology, and the Environment. Under the Sign of Nature. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2003.

McMurray, Price. "'Take the Thing at Its Worst!': Realism and the Construction of Masculinity in Howells's The Shadow of a Dream." Conference of College Teachers of English Studies 68 (2003): 21-30.

Nerad, Julie Cary. "Slippery Language and False Dilemmas: The Passing Novels of Child, Howells, and Harper." American Literature 75.4 (2003): 813-41.

Prettyman, Gib. "The Next Best Thing: Business and Commercial Inspiration in A Hazard of New Fortunes." American Literary Realism 35.2 (Winter 2003): 95-119.

Renfroe, Alicia Mischa. "Life, Leases on the Future: Legal Discourse in Selected Works of Louisa May Alcott, William Dean Howells, Henry James and Edith Wharton." Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences 63.12 (2003): 4316.

Rennick, Andrew. "'A Good War Story': The Civil War, Substitution, and the Labor Crisis in Howells' A Hazard of New Fortunes." American Literary Realism 35.3 (2003): 247-.

Stretch, Cynthia. "Illusions of a Public, Locations of Conflict: Feeling Like Populace in William Dean Howells's A Hazard of New Fortunes." American Literary Realism 35.3 (2003): 233-.

Susina, Jan. "The Center of Centerburg: Robert Mccloskey's Regionalist Image of Boyhood." The Image of the Child. Ed. Sylvia Patterson Iskander. Battle Creek, MI:Children's Lit. Assn.,1991, 279-86.

Yang, Seokwon. "Howells's Realism Reconsidered: Representing the Unrepresentable in A Hazard of New Fortunes." Journal of English Language and Literature/Yongo Yongmunhak 49.4 (2003): 845-70.

Thompson, Graham. Male Sexuality under Surveillance : The Office in American Literature. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2003.

Borus, Daniel H. "The Strange Career of American Bohemia." American Literary History 14.2 (2002): 376-88.

Johnson, Laura K. "Courting Justice : Marriage, Law, and the American Novel, 1890-1925." Diss., 2002.

Knoper, Randall. "American Literary Realism and Nervous 'Reflexion'." American Literature 74.4 (2002): 715-45.

Lanum George, C. "Setting the Hook of Realism : A Study of the Early Career of William Dean Howells." 2002.

Ludwig, Sâami. Pragmatist Realism: The Cognitive Paradigm in American Realist Texts. Madison, WI: U of Wisconsin P, 2002.

Rubin, Lance Allen. "Remembering Is Hell": William Dean Howells, Realism, and the American Memory Crisis. microform, 2002.

Schlesinger, Arthur, Jr. "Anguish of a New York Liberal." New York Review of Books 49.2 (2002): 39-40.

Schweighauser, Philipp. "'You Must Make Less Noise in Here, Mister Schouler': Acoustic Profiling in American Realism." Studies in American Fiction 30.1 (2002): 85-102.


Abeln, Paul Joseph. "William Dean Howells and the Ends of Realism." Washington U, 2001.

Ashton, Susanna. "Veribly a Purple Cow: The Whole Family and the Collaborative Search for Coherence." Studies in the Novel 33.1 (2001): 51-79.

Barrish, Phillip. American Literary Realism, Critical Theory, and Intellectual Prestige, 1880-1995. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. Chapter One is called "William Dean Howells and the Roots of Realist Taste."

Barton, John Cyril. "Howells's Rhetoric of Realism: The Economy of Pain(T) and Social Complicity in the Rise of Silas of Lapham and the Minister's Charge." Studies in American Fiction 29.2 (2001): 159-87.

Daugherty, Sarah B. "'The Home-Towners': Howells the Critic Vs. Howells the Novelist." American Literary Realism 34.1 (2001): 66-72.

Davis, Scott Christopher. "Telling Tales: Ideology and the American Observer, 1890-1896." U of California Santa Barbara, 2001.

Engeman, Thomas S. "Religion and Politics the American way: The Exemplary William Dean Howells." The Review of Politics, Notre Dame; Winter 2001; Vol. 63, Iss. 1; pg. 107, 22 pgs.

Handa, Sangeeta. Realism in American Fiction : Contribution of William Dean Howells. Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2001.

Howard, June, foreword. The Whole Family: A Novel by Twelve Authors. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2001.

Howard, June. Publishing the Family. New Americanists. Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2001.

Ludwig, Sèami. "The Realist Trickster as Legba: Howells's Capitalist Critique." Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 34.1 (2001): 173-84.

Marovitz, Sanford E. "Melville among the Realists: W. B. Howells and the Writing of Billy Budd." American Literary Realism 34.1 (2001): 29-46.

Prettyman, Gib. "The Serial Illustrations of A Hazard of New Fortunes." Resources in American Literary Studies 27.2 (Fall 2001): 179-195.

Sorrentino, Paul. "A Re-Examination of the Relationship between Stephen Crane and W. D. Howells." American Literary Realism 34.1 (2001): 47-65.

Stratman, Gregory J. Speaking for Howells : Charting the Dean's Career through the Language of His Characters. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2001.

Witherow, Jean Ann. "Kate Chopin's Contribution to Realism and Naturalism: Reconsiderations of W. D. Howells, Maupassant, and Flaubert." Louisiana State U, 2001

Witschi, Nicolas. Traces of Gold: California's Natural Resources and the Claim to Realism in Western American Literature (University of Alabama Press, 2001). Discusses Howells throughout, including his relationships with Harte and Twain and his influence on Austin and even Raymond Chandler. Chapter Three is called "'Why, have you got the Atlantic Monthly out here?' W. D. Howells, Realism, and the Idea of the American West"; it examines the extent to which Howells valued the American West as an indicator of things simple, natural, and honest.


Bramen, Carrie Tirado. "The Urban Picturesque and the Spectacle of Americanization." American Quarterly 52 (September 2000): 444-477. Abstract Available

Bramen, Carrie Tirado."William Dean Howells and The Failure of The Urban Picturesque." New England Quarterly 73.1 (March 2000): 82-99. 

Diller, Christopher. "'Fiction in Color': Domesticity, Aestheticism, and the Visual Arts in the Criticism and Fiction of William Dean Howells." Nineteenth-Century Literature 55.3 (2000): 369-98.

Rohrbach, Augusta. "'You're a natural-born literary man': Becoming William Dean Howells, Culture Maker and Cultural Marker." The New England Quarterly 73.4 (Dec 2000): 625-654. 

Thompson, Graham. "'And that paint is a thing that will bear looking into': The Business of Sexuality in The Rise of Silas Lapham."  American Literary Realism 33.1 (Fall 2000). Abstract Available

Howells, William Dean. Pebbles, Monochromes, and Other Modern Poems, 1891-1916. Ed. Edwin Cady. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2000. 
---. The Whole Family: A Novel by Twelve Authors. Ed. June Howard.Durham, NC: Duke UP, 2001.
---. Venetian Life. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 2001.

Birnbaum, Michele A. "Racial Hysteria: Female Pathology and Race Politics in Frances Harper's Iola Leroy and W.D. Howells's An Imperative Duty." African American Review 33.1 (1999): 7-25.  

Crowley, John W. The Dean of American Letters : The Late Career of William Dean Howells. Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 1999.

 Crowley, John W. "Howells in The Heath." New England Quarterly 72.1 (1999): 89-101. 

Dooley, Patrick K. "Ethical Exegesis in William Dean Howells." Papers on Language and Literature 35.4 (Fall 1999): 363+.Abstract Available

Fabi, M. Giulia. "Reconstructing Literary Genealogies: Frances E. W. Harper's and William Dean Howells's Race Novels." Soft Canons: American Women Writers and Masculine Tradition. Ed. Karen Kilcup. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1999. 48-66. 

Goldman-Price, Irene. "In this particular instance I want you": The Booster As Mentor in A Hazard of New Fortunes." American Literary Mentors. Ed. Irene Goldman-Price and Melissa McFarland Pennell. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1999.

Gray, Melinda Gilbert. "Imagining Language and Belonging: Wales, England, and America, 1850-1910." Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A, 59, no. 10 (1999 Apr): p. 3810

Petrie, Paul.  "'To Make Them Acquainted with One Another': Jewett, Howells, and the Dual Aesthetic of Deephaven." Jewett and Her Contemporaries: Reshaping the Canon. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 1999. 99-122.

Stone, Susan M. "Transcendental Realism: The Thoreauvian Presence in Howells' A Modern Instance." Studies in American Fiction 27.2 (1999 Autumn): 149-57. Abstract Available

Todd, Jeff. "Lapham-The Mineral Paint Man." ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 12.4 (1999 Fall): 19-23.

Aaron, Daniel. "Three Old Women." Queen's Quarterly 102.3 (1995): 633-39. 

Ackerman, Alan. "The Right to Privacy: William Dean Howells and the Rise of Dramatic Realism." American Literary Realism 30.1 (Fall 1997): 1-19.

Adams, Jon-K. "Moral Opposition in Nietzsche and Howells." Nietzsche in American Literature and Thought. Ed. Manfred Putz. Columbia, SC: Camden House, 1995. 65-78.

Alkana, Joseph. The Social Self: Hawthorne, Howells, William James, and Nineteenth-Century Psychology. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1997.

Anesko, Michael. Letters, Fictions, Lives: Henry James and William Dean Howells. New York: Oxford U P, 1997.

Arms, George, Mary Beth Whidden, and Gary Scharnhorst. Staging Howells: Plays and Correspondence with Lawrence Barrett. Albuquerque: U of New Mexico P, 1994.

Bender, Bert. The Descent of Love: Darwin and the Theory of Natural Selection in American Fiction, 1871-1926. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996.

Berkove, Lawrence I. "'A Difficult Case': W. D. Howells's Impression of Mark Twain." Studies in Short Fiction 31.4 (1994): 607-15.

Blackwood, John Thomas. "Reading the Event in American Literature: Hawthorne, Howells, DeLillo." Dissertation Abstracts International 56.5 (1995): 1763A.

Carter, Everett. "Realists and Jews." Studies in American Fiction 22.1 (1994): 81-91.

Clymer, Jeffory A. "Race and the Protocol of American Citizenship in William Dean Howells's An Imperative Duty." American Literary Realism 30.3 (Spring 1998): 31-52.

Corkin, Stanley. Realism and the Birth of the Modern United States. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1996.

Crisler, Jesse S. "Howells and Norris: A Backward Glance Taken." Nineteenth-Century Literature 52.2 (1997): 232-51.

Crowley, John W. "Giving a Character: Howellsian Realism in The Landlord at Lion's Head." Harvard Library Bulletin 5.1 (1994): 53-66.

Crowley, John W. "The Portrait of a Lady and The Rise of Silas Lapham: The Company They Kept." Pizer, Donald (ed.). The Cambridge Companion to American Realism and Naturalism: Howells to London. Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge UP, 1995. 117-37.

Crowley, John W. "The Unsmiling Aspects of Life: A Hazard of New Fortunes." Barbour, James (ed.); Quirk, Tom (ed. & introd.). Biographies of Books: The Compositional Histories of Notable American Writings. Columbia: U of Missouri P, 1996. 78-109.

Daugherty, Sarah B. "'The Dream of Duty Tormenting Us All': The World of Chance and the Decline of Realism." Harvard Library Bulletin 5.1 (1994): 45-52.

Daugherty, Sarah B. "An Imperative Duty: Howells and White Male Anxiety." American Literary Realism 30.3 (Spring 1998): 53-64.

Daugherty, Sarah B. "William Dean Howells and Mark Twain: The Realism War as a Campaign That Failed." American Literary Realism 29.1 (1996): 12-28.

De Vos, Martine Louise. "The 'Imperative Duty' of the 'Serious' Artist: The Literary Politics of William Dean Howells and Ezra Pound." Dissertation Abstracts International 56.5 (1995): 1776A.

Duffy, John-Charles. "I Would Not Presume to Decide': Gender and Ambivalence in Howells's Indian Summer." American LIterary Realism 30.1 (Fall 1997): 20-33.

Habegger, Alfred. "From Painful Cult to Painful Realism: Annie Ogle's A Lost Love and W. D. Howells's Ben Halleck and Penelope Lapham." American Realism and the Canon. Eds. Tom Quirk and Gary Scharnhorst. Newark: U of Delaware P, 1994. 170-89.

Harmon, Charles. "A Hazard of New Fortunes and the Reproduction of Liberalism." Studies in American Fiction 25 (Autumn 1997): 183-195.

Hedges, Warren. "Howells's 'Wretched Fetishes': Character, Realism, and Other Modern Instances."Texas Studies in Literature and Language 38.1 (Spring 1996): 26-50.

Henwood, Dawn. "Complications of Heroinism: Gender, Power, and the Romance of Self-Sacrifice in The Rise of Silas Lapham." American Literary Realism 30.3 (Spring 1998): 14-30.

Howells, Polly H. "Mildred Howells as the Father's Daughter: Living within His Lines." Harvard Library Bulletin 5.1 (1994): 9-28.

Howells, William Dean. Selected Short Stories of William Dean Howells. Ed. Ruth Bardon. Athens, Ohio: Ohio UP, 1997.

Jacobsen, Marcia. "Howells' Literary Friends and Acquaintances: An Autobiography through Others." American Literary Realism 27.1 (1994): 59-73.

Karpinski, Joanne B. "When the Marriage of True Minds Admits Impediments: Charlotte Perkins Gilman and William Dean Howells." Patrons and Protegees: Gender, Friendship, and Writing in Nineteenth-Century America. Ed. Shirley Marchalonis. The Douglass Series on Women's Lives and the Meaning of Gender. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1994. 212-34.

Knadler, Stephen P. "Strangely Re-Abolitionized: William Dean Howells and Racial Repersuasion." Arizona Quarterly 53 (Spring 1997): .

Lapp, Peter Charles. "Texts, Traits and Character in Cooper and Howells: A Cognitive and Historical Approach." Dissertation Abstracts International 56.4 (1995): 1356A.

Li, Hsin-Ying. "For Love or Money: Courtship and Class Conflict in Howells' The Rise of Silas Lapham." Studies in American Fiction 24.1 (1996): 101-21.

Li, Hsin-Ying. "Seeking the Center: The Provincials in the Novels of W. D. Howells, Theodore Dreiser, and Edith Wharton." Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences 58.7 (1998): 2654-55.

Love, Glen A. "Slouching towards Altruria: Evolution, Ecology, and William Dean Howells." Harvard Library Bulletin 5.1 (1994): 29-44.

McBride, Christopher. "Howells's A Hazard of New Fortunes." Explicator 53.1 (1994): 37-38.

McElrath Jr., Joseph R. "W. D. Howells and Race: Charles W. Chesnutt's Disappointment of the Dean." Nineteenth-Century Literature 51.4 (March 1997): 474-500.

McGuire, Ian Read. "A Song for Occupations: Economic History and Literary and Intellectual Change in America, 1830-1910." Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A 57.10 (1997): 4370.

McNamara, Kevin R. "Silas Lapham in Olomouc." College Literature 23.2 (1996): 157-69.

McWilliams, Jim. "An 1890 Interview with W. D. Howells." ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews 9.1 (1996): 21-24.

Messina, Lynn Marie. "Freedom or Anarchy: The Capital-Labor Struggle in William Dean Howell's A Hazard of New Fortunes." CEA Critic 58.1 (Fall 1995): 60+.

Murphy, Joseph Claude. "Exposing the Modern: World's Fairs and American Literary Culture, 1853-1907." Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences 58.7 (1998): 2657-58.

Nettels, Elsa. "'Inherited Puritanism': The Legacy of Calvinism in the Fiction of William Dean Howells." The Calvinist Roots of the Modern Era. Eds. Aliki Barnstone, Michael Tomasek Manson and Carol J. Singley. Hanover, NH: UP of New England, 1997. 36-52.

Nettels, Elsa. Language and Gender in American Fiction: Howells, James, Wharton, and Cather. Charlottesville: U of Virginia P, 1997.

O'Hara, Daniel T. Review. Selected Literary Criticism of William Dean Howells, edited by Ulrich Halfmann, Christoph K. Lohmann, Don L. Cook, and David J Nordloh. American Literary Realism 27.3 (Spring 1995): 87+.

Parrish, Timothy L. "Haymarket and Hazard: The Lonely Politics of William Dean Howells." Journal of American Culture 17.4 (1994): 23-32.

Parrish, Timothy L. "Howells Untethered: The Dean and 'Diversity.'" Studies in American Fiction 23.1 (Spring 1995): 101-17.

Pennell, Melissa McFarland. "The Mentor's Charge: Literary Mentoring in Howell's Criticism and Fiction." In American Literary Mentors.Ed. and introd. Irene C. Goldman-Price, Irene C.and Melissa McFarland Pennell. Gainesville: UP of Florida, 1999. 34-46.

Petrie, Paul. "'Conscience and Purpose': The Legacy of Howellsian Social Commitment in American Fiction." vol. 58 no. 4. 1997 Oct. DAI No: DA9730894.  PAGES:  1283

Peyser, Thomas.  Utopia and Cosmopolis: Globalization in the Era of American Literary Realism. Durham, N.C. :  Duke University Press, 1998.

Pizer, Donald. ed. The Cambridge Companion to American Realism and Naturalism, Howells to London. NY: Cambridge UP, 1995.

Prescott, Jeryl Jenifer. "Imperfect Gentlemen and Non-True Women: Racism, Classism, and Nineteenth-Century Gender Ideals in Novels by Henry James, William Dean Howells, and Charles Chesnutt." Dissertation Abstracts International 57.3 (1996): 1141A.

Pryor, John Clark. "A Violation of Sanctities: The Interrogation of the Popular Press in the Novels of Howells, James, Wharton, and Dreiser." Dissertation Abstracts International 55.3 (1994): 568A.

Rachman, Stephen. "Reading Cities: Devotional Seeing in the Nineteenth Century." American Literary History 9.4 (1997): 653-75.

Russo, John Paul. "From Italophilia to Italophobia: Representations of Italian Americans in the Early Gilded Age." Differentia: Review of Italian Thought 6-7 (1994): 45-75.

Schwarzer, Andrew. "Cheering with Eyes Averted: Businessmen and Speculators in the Novels of Howells, Norris, and Dreiser." Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A 57.12 (1997): 5154.

Spears, Timothy. "'Something More Than a Drummer's Interest': Commercial Realism in The Rise of  Silas Lapham." Prospects 22 (1997): 153-172.

Stratman, Gregory Joseph. "The Literary Language of William Dean Howells in Theory and Practice: The Evolution of a Career." Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A 58.6 (1997): 2213.

Swett, Katherine Barrett. "Improper Places: Scenery Fiction in the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Dean Howells, Constance Woolson, and Henry James." Dissertation Abstracts International 56.6 (1995): 2241A-42A.

Thomas, Brook. American Literary Realism and the Failed Promise of Contract. Berkeley: U of California P, 1997.

Thomas, Tracey Hoffman. "Courtship, Marriage, and Community in the Novels of Anthony Trollope and William Dean Howells." Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A 56.11 (1996): 4410.

Westbrook, Matthew David. "Invisible Countries: The Poetics of the American Information Commodity, 1891-1919." Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A 58.2 (1997): 459.

Wonham, Henry B. "Writing Realism, Policing Consciousness: Howells and the Black Body." American Literature 67.4 (December 1995): 701-24.

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