The papers of William Dean Howells,1866-1919, include reviews, stories, and poems, letters, and portraits.
Manuscripts include poems "The thorn," "The pilot's story," Thanksgiving," "John Brown," "To Francis Wilson," "Presentiments," and an untitled sonnet to Dorothy Dudley; short stories "At third hand," and "Captain Dunlevy's last trip"; reviews of work by Brand Whitlock, J.M. LeMoine, essays on Rudyard Kipling, John Fiske, and American and English literature; quotation, and page proofs of "A retrospect of Lowell."..
Topics in the correspondence include editorial work for Harpers, Century, and Atlantic Monthly, advice on writing, translation and publication, his own writing including divorce as a theme, proofreading, lecture tours particularly a westen one in 1899, and his family.
He also mentions rumors concerning the visit of the Russian fleet during the Civil War, the Boston fire of 1872, the panic of 1873, the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, the Century Club, Italian travel, 1883, the Authors Club, an accusation of anti-Catholicism, World War I, socialism, stage productions of his work, Iowa College (Grinnell), and the Pratt Institute.
Significant correspondents include Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen, James B. Pond, Arthur George Sedgwick, and John Greenleaf Whittier.
Additional correspondents include Alvey A. Adee, Charlotte Fiske Bates, Sylvester Baxter, Alexander Black, Francis E. Bliss, H.C. Bunner, Madison Cawein, Julius Chambers, Frank Gaylor Cook, George William Curtis, Charles Anderson Dana, Mary Mapes Dodge, Annie Fields, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Wendell Phillips Garrison, Jeanette L. Gilder, Edmund Gosse, Harper & Brothers, Lee F. Hartman, Nina R. Herzog, Aurelia Howells, Thomas A. Janvier, Elizabeth Jordan, Frederick T. Leigh, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, S.S. McClure, and Henry Loomis Nelson.
Also Charles Eliot Norton, John B. O'Reilly, James R. Osgood, Grant Overton, William Morton Payne, Harry Thurston Peck, John J. Piatt, Cuyler Reynolds, William H. Rideing, Kate Douglas Wiggin Riggs, John Codman Ropes, M.E.W. Sherwood, Francis Hopkinson Smith, Edmund Clarence Stedman, John Swinton, Celia Thaxter, Benjamin H. Ticknor, Ross Turner, George E. Waring, John F. Weir, Brand Whitlock, Gilson Willets, and James Grant Wilson.
People mentioned include Jane Addams, Henry Mills Alden, Thomas Baily Aldrich, Irving Bachellor, Charles W. Balestier, Lawrence Barrett, Ole Bull, Francis Marion Crawford, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Frederick A. Duneka, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Gugleilmo Ferrero, John Galsworthy, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Ripley Hitchcock, Henry James, Robert Underwood Johnson, James Russell Lowell, Brander Matthews, George H. Mifflin, Henry Codman Potter, H.W. Preston, Horace E. Scudder, Richard Henry Stoddard, Turgenev, Mark Twain, Lester Wallack, and John F. Weir.
Portraits include 6 pencil sketches of Howells enhanced with black and white ink and marked with printer's measurements for publication in an unidentified book or magazine article together with another portrait clipped from a magazine.
Forms part of the Clifton Waller Barrett Library.
The collections contains all Howells collections through 5651-ai.
Papers of William Dean Howells, 1866-1919, Accession #5651, Clifton Waller Barrett Library, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
Novelist, poet, and journalist.