The Spring 2017 Howellsian is available on the Howellsian page and at this link: https://howellssociety.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/howellsian-spr-2017-vol-19-no-2.pdf .
Thursday, May 25
Session 1-J 9:00-10:20
On the Neglected Works of William Dean Howells (Helilcon, 7th Floor)
Organized by the William Dean Howells Society
Chair: Andrew Ball, Lindenwood University
1. “Howells’s Critical Poetic Engagement with Race and Lynching,” Patricia Chaudron, University at Buffalo
2. “‘The slow martyrdom of her sickness malady’: William Dean Howells’ ‘Sketch of Winnie’s Life’,” Lindsey Grubbs, Emory University
3. “Howells’s The Whole Family: A Collaborative Failure?,” Gregory J. Stratman, American Public University
Session 2-F, 10:30-11:50
Howells on Race and Class in the Gilded Age (Essex North Center, 3rd Floor)
Organized by the William Dean Howells Society
Chair: Andrew Ball, Lindenwood University
1. “A Farce and Failure of a Novel: Farcical Realism in William Dean Howells’s An Imperative Duty,” Lisa McGunigal, The Pennsylvania State University
2. “An Imperative Duty and the Idea of Race in the Late 19th Century,” Naoko Sugiyama, Japan Women’s University
3. “Marble Halls and Tenement Houses: Proxemics between the Middle Class and Working Class During the Gilded Age,” Kirsten Clemens, Appalachian State University
4. “An Innocent Abroad: Mr. Homos, the Altrurian Traveler,” M.M. Dawley, Boston University
Session 3-L 12:00 – 1:20 pm
Business Meeting: William Dean Howells Society (Essex Center, 3rd Floor)
The new Howellsian (Fall 2016) is available here and on the Howellsians page:
The William Dean Howells Society welcomes submissions for two panels at the 28th Annual American Literature Association Conference to be held in Boston, May 25-28, 2017.
Panel 1: On the Neglected Works of William Dean Howells
Though “the Dean of American letters” is acknowledged as a key figure in the history of American literature, critics have primarily focused on a small number of well-known works such as The Rise of Silas Lapham and A Haz- ard of New Fortunes. For this panel, we invite proposals for presentations that examine texts from Howells’s extensive body of work that have re- mained largely neglected, or those devoted to topics that have received less
attention. Potential topics could include but are not limited to:
- Howells’s late poetry
- Howells’s YA literature for children and adolescents
- Howells’s drama – his plays, farces, and sundry theatrical works
- Howells’s creative nonfiction
- Howells’s travel writing
- Howells’s journalism – from his political journalism to his criticism and editorial work
- Howells and the beneficiaries of his mentorship and critical praise
such as, Sarah Orne Jewett, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Charles Chesnutt, Hamlin Garland, Stephen Crane, and Frank Norris among many others
- Howells and his contemporaries, such as James and Twain
- Howells as tastemaker – as combatant in the “Realism War” or pro-
moter of European authors
- Howells and Modernism
- Howells and regionalism
Panel 2: Open Topic
For this session, we invite proposals for presentations concerned with any aspect of Howells’s life and work.
Please submit 300-500 word abstracts to Andrew Ball (aball @ linden- wood.edu) by January 15. The subject of the email should be “Howells ALA 2017” and the proposal should include any A/V needs you will require.
From a comment posted at https://howellssociety.wordpress.com/queries/. If you have suggestions, post them in the comments here or on howells-l. Thanks!
I am representing a client who has what may be an unrecorded William Dean Howells manuscript and I am looking for assistance in possibly identifying it. (I also am not an expert in Howells’s handwriting, so it is, of course, very possible that it is not the work of Howells.)
The manuscript seems to be the first three chapters (totaling 109 manuscript pages and three manuscript slips) of a novel, written across the pages of a salesman’s dummy of Grant’s Memoirs.
The handwriting is easy to read: the story begins in the middle of the subscription list (about two-thirds of the way into the salesman’s dummy) with possible epigraphs and a character list with the characters’ ages preceding the text. It then continues at the beginning of the book until re-connecting with the opening lines.
I’ve read the story (and enjoyed it!). It involves an aspiring writer, Ralph Estabrook who falls in love with a poor young girl (Nancy “Nan” Valcour, who is fifteen when they meet), but then marries an older heiress, Miss Charlotte Thursby.
Ten years pass, Estabrook (who is now successful as a speaker and writer) and his wife have been separated for five years; Nan Valcour has come into an unexpected inheritance and become a famous singer. The two meet again, they declare their love for each other, but Valcour will not marry Estabrook because he is, although separated from his wife, still married. Even if he can get a divorce, she will not accept him because he will still be married “in God’s eyes”.
The setting is a small coastal village, with the Valcour’s house situated on an island (“Clam Island”). There are resemblances to Cape Cod, with even a reference to Cape Cod at one point.
Does this sound at all familiar to anyone?
If it is Howells, my guess is that he picked up a used salesman’s dummy (the subscriptions seem to have been filled) lying around at Charles Webster’s and just began writing.
If there are any Howells handwriting experts who could help (I have images of all the pages I could forward) – or if this story sounds familiar to anyone – I would love to hear from you.
Owner, The Manhattan Rare Book Company
*** Update 10/28/16
Thanks to Gary Culbert, who suggests here https://howellssociety.wordpress.com/queries/ that this is likely not Howells’s handwriting.
I’d have to agree. Here’s a sample of Howells’s handwriting for comparison:
Thanks for the query and the reply! –Donna Campbell
This is a Query: I was rereading the book “The Last Harvest” by John Burroughs (1922). In his last essays, there is mentioned of Howell’s “Eighty Years and After” and a poem “On a Bright Winter’s Day.” I am looking for what publication or website may have these works available to read. Thank you for any assistance.
Sincerely, Peter Laurent / Vallejo, California
The following items have been added under New Books and Articles.
Bush, Harold K. Continuing Bonds with the Dead: Parental Grief and Nineteenth-Century American Authors. American Literary Realism and Naturalism Series (American Literary Realism and Naturalism Series). Tuscaloosa, AL: U of Alabama P, 2016. Print.
Klevay, Robert. “Indian Summer’s Critique and Celebration of the Epistolary Novel.” American Literary Realism 48.2 (2016): 112-27. Print.
Monteiro, George. “Bartley Hubbard’s Sunday Work.” American Literary Realism 48.2 (2016): 183-86. Print.
Weaver, James. “Hairy Paws and Bald Heads: Anxiety and Authority in W. D. Howells’ an Imperative Duty.” American Literary Realism 48.2 (2016): 95-111. Print.
Bernstein, Samantha. “The Joys of the Elevated: William Dean Howells and the Urban Picturesque.” Canadian Review of American Studies/Revue Canadienne d’Etudes Americaines 45.3 (2015): 278-99. Print.
Bitney, Joseph. “W. D. Howells: Two New Documents.” American Literary Realism 47.2 (2015): 169-75. Print.
Dawson, Melanie. Emotional Reinventions: Realist-Era Representations Beyond Sympathy. Ann Arbor, MI: U of Michigan P, 2015. Print.
Dobson, James E. The Awkward Age of Autobiography: Modernization, Temporality, and American Self-Representation, 1865-1915. 2015. Print.
Machor, James L. “Reading for Humor or Realism: W. D. Howells and Mark Twain’s Early Reception in the U. S. Public Sphere.” American Literary Realism 47.2 (2015): 136-50. Print.
Pearson, Deborah. “Unsustainable Acts of Love and Resistance: The Politics of Value and Cost in One-on-One Performances.” Canadian Theatre Review 162 (2015): 2, 63-67. Print.
Quinn, Patrick J. Patriarchy in Eclipse: The Femme Fatale and the New Woman in American Literature and Culture 1870-1920. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars, 2015. Print.
Alders, Maximilian. “‘Mind-Telling’ in Silas Lapham.” Journal of Narrative Theory 44.2 (2014): 212-43. Print.
Ash, Scott. “A Taste for the Public: Uncle Stevie’s Work for Entertainment Weekly.” Stephen King’s Modern Macabre: Essays on the Later Works. Eds. McAleer, Patrick and Michael A. Perry. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014. ix, 209 pp. Print.
Darda, Joseph. “The Sacrificial Enterprise: Negotiating Mutilation in W. D. Howells’ a Hazard of New Fortunes.” American Literary Realism 46.3 (2014): 210-29. Print.
Howells, Coral Ann. “From Rowanwood to Downtown: The Torontonians and Girls Fall Down.” Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature (Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature). Ed. Fraile-Marcos, Ana Maria. New York, NY: Routledge, 2014. xii, 195 pp. Print.
Knewitz, Simone. “‘Try My Tivoli’: Conspicuous Consumption in William Dean Howells’s a Modern Instance.” Anglistik und Englischunterricht 82 (2014): 133-52. Print.
Kohler, Michelle. “Some Glittering Nondescript Vertebrate: The Provocative Style of Realism in Howells’ a Hazard of New Fortunes.” American Literary Realism 46.3 (2014): 189-209. Print.
—. Miles of Stare: Transcendentalism and the Problem of Literary Vision in Nineteenth-Century America. Tuscaloosa, AL: U of Alabama P, 2014. Print.
Korobkin, Laura H. “William Dean Howells’s Deserted Wife: E. D. E. N. Southworth, a Modern Instance, and Sentimental Divorce Narration.” American Literature: A Journal of Literary History, Criticism, and Bibliography 86.2 (2014): 333-60. Print.
Parker, Melissa Pluta. ‘The Hollow Men’: Divorce and Manhood in the Novels of Howells, James, and Wharton. 2014. Print.
Schmidt, Michael. The Novel: A Biography. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Harvard UP, 2014. Print.
Storey, Mark. “Spectacular Distractions: P. T. Barnum and American Modernism.” Modernism/Modernity 21.1 (2014): 107-23. Print.
Taghizadeh, Ali. “A Theory of Literary Realism.” Theory and Practice in Language Studies 4.8 (2014): 1628-35. Print.
Walsh, Fintan. “Touching, Flirting, Whispering: Performing Intimacy in Public.” TDR: The Drama Review: A Journal of Performance Studies 58.4 [T224] (2014): 56-67. Print.
Beckman, John. “The Church of Fact: Genre Hybridity in Huckleberry Finn and Silas Lapham.” Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory 69.3 (2013): 23-47. Print.
Daniels, Melissa Asher. Black Literary Realism and the Romance of Race. 2013. Print.
Gundry, Jenifer L. Print Culture in Utopia: A Study of Five Fin De Siecle Anglo-American Literary Utopias. 2013. Print.
Hardwig, Bill. Upon Provincialism: Southern Literature and National Periodical Culture, 1870-1900. American Literatures Initiative (American Literatures Initiative). Charlottesville, VA: U of Virginia P, 2013. Print.
Howells, Coral Ann. “Tellers and Listeners: The Narrative Imagination of Carol Shields.” Form and Feeling in Modern Literature: Essays in Honour of Barbara Hardy. Eds. Baker, William and Isobel Armstrong. London, England: Legenda, 2013. xiii, 211 pp. Print.
Jamil, S. Selina. “Transcending Masculinity and Femininity in Editha.” Explicator 71.4 (2013): 284-91. Print.
McGehee, Michael. “Religion, Family, and National Belonging in W. D. Howells’ the Undiscovered Country.” American Literary Realism 45.2 (2013): 118-32. Print.
Paek, Joongul. “[the Cultural Politics of Excess: Mass Culture and Realism in The Rise of Silas Lapham].” Journal of English Language and Literature/Yongo Yongmunhak 59.5 (2013): 667-88. Print.
Pizer, Donald. “W. D. Howells’ A Hazard of New Fortunes: A Mostly Formalist Reading.” American Literary Realism 46.1 (2013): 1-11. Print.
Wortham, Thomas. “William Dean Howells’s Spiritual Quest(Ioning) in a ‘World Come of Age’.” Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature 65.3 (2013): 206-24. Print.