New articles on Howells, which have been posted to the New Books and Articles page:
Wortham, Thomas. “William Dean Howells’s Spiritual Quest(ioning) in a ‘World Come of Age.” Renascence 65 (Spring 2013): 206-224. Print.
McGehee, Michael. “Religion, Family, and National Belonging in W. D. Howells’ the Undiscovered Country.” American Literary Realism 45 2 (2013): 118-32. Print.
I am researching an 1890s political scandal in which Madeline Pollard sued a congressman for breach of promise. She claims a close friendship with Howells, which I am attempting to document. She claimed to have visited Howells in Boston and Cambridge ca. 1887 – 1892 and received written literary advice from him. The Breach of Promise suit [Pollard v. Breckinridge] was tried in 1893-1894 and I am curious as to if he made any comments regarding it to his associates. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Can anyone point me to archives/collections with material in the relevant time frame [1887 - 1894]?
Dr. Elizabeth De Wolfe
Professor of History, University of New England
In the 1880s and 18890s — and beyond? — Howells read and commented on the Russians that were getting translated into English. Can you give me data in general — and Howells’ references to Dostoyevsky in particular?
Thanks. Dorothy Richardson
Welcome to the new site for the W. D. Howells Society!