Howells, William Dean
William Dean Howells (1837 - 1920) was a popular American novelist, literary critic, and journalist and one of the most renowned public figures of his time. He opposed American imperialism and was a great supporter of socialism. Howells published many novels, stories, plays, and poems during his life but is best known for A Modern Instance (1882) and The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885). This resolute critic of ethnic bigotry died at the age of 83 in New York City.
Renowned American novelist, critic, and champion of literary realism. A versatile writer, Howells penned novels, poetry, travelogues, essays and pieces of literary criticism. His writings stand out for his vivid impressionism and realistic portrayal of life.