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Howells in the News: W. D. Howells, Steampunk Spymaster at Wired

At Wired, Bruce Sterling reads Howells’s “American Literature in Exile.”  A sample:

*It’s good to read Howell because he’s so secure in his own world. He’s properly dressed in his own Manhattan tie-and-tails; he’s not bitterly agitated, or preyed upon by bipolarity, like Clemens was. Howells is energetic without ever being antic. He gives the impression of a natural ruling-class figure who would likely do very well in the State Department.

*There’s a steampunk version of the Howells-Twain relationship where Howells is “M,” the master spy, the firm-hand-on-the-tiller, while Mark Twain is his brilliant yet reckless field agent, with a license to wander the world and kill off steampunk super-villains. I shouldn’t have said that, because now somebody’s gonna do it and get it all wrong; but, well, I’m in literary mode now, writing an Italian dieselpunk story, and the flights of fancy are proliferating out of control.

New Howellsian mailed to Howells Society Members

From Howellsian editor Paul Petrie:

This issue marks the first time that the Society is distributing the newsletter electronically rather than via print and mail. The issue is in PDF format, and should be easily readable on any reasonably current computer, and printable on standard 8 ½ X 11 paper .

This issue has been mailed to all Society members whose email addresses we know. Please help us spread the word among Howellsians that the Society’s email distribution list is seriously incomplete. Society members who have not received this email should send an updated email address to the Society’s secretary-treasurer, Prof. Mischa Renfroe, at Mischa.Renfroe@mtsu.edu to update their contact information.

In This Issue:

  • Eminent Howellsians: An Interview with Professor Thomas Wortham . . . . . . . . . 2
  • Howells Essay Prize Competition
  • Call for submissions from presenters of Howells papers at the 2013 ALA Conference . . . . 3
  • Essay Abstracts
  • Papers delivered at the 2013 American Literature Association Conference, Boston . . . . . . 4
  • Minutes William Dean Howells Society Annual Meeting, May 2012 . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . .   7 Membership Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
  • “Society,” by W.D. Howells . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …… . . . .  9
  • Call for Papers: Howells Panels at the 2014 ALA Conference, Washington D.C. . . ..  10