William Dean Howells

William Dean Howells (March 1, 1837 – May 11, 1920) was an American realist novelist, literary critic, and playwright, nicknamed “The Dean of American Letters”. He was particularly known for his tenure as editor of The Atlantic Monthly, as well as for his own prolific writings, including the Christmas story “Christmas Every Day” and the novels The Rise of Silas Lapham and A Traveler from Altruria.

Christmas Every Day by William Dean Howells

Story type: LiteratureThe little girl came into her papa’s study, as she always did Saturday morning before breakfast, and asked for a story. He tried to beg off that mor ...

The Pumpkin-Glory by William Dean Howells

Story type: LiteratureThe papa had told the story so often that the children knew just exactly what to expect the moment he began. They all knew it as well as he knew it ...

Emile Zola by William Dean Howells

Story type: EssayIn these times of electrical movement, the sort of construction in the moral world for which ages were once needed, takes place almost simultaneously wit ...

Henry James, Jr. by William Dean Howells

Story type: EssayThe events of Mr. James’s life–as we agree to understand events–may be told in a very few words. His race is Irish on his father’s side and Scotch on his ...