Among his topics are novels of William Dean Howells
from the turn of the century, Hart Crane's Columbus: the poet's voyage in search of the incarnate word, verbal abstraction and the democratic promise of natural speech: from Williams and Creeley to the language poets, finding voice in fragmentation: negotiations of (female) identity in North American migrant texts, and American studies in an age of globalization.
As he moved into more respectable venues in the 1870s, especially through the promotion of William Dean Howells
in the Atlantic Monthly, Mark Twain muddied the hierarchical distinctions between class-appropriate leisure and burgeoning forms of mass entertainment, between uplifting humor and debased laughter, and between the literature of high culture and the passing whim of the merely popular.
While this method of reading an author's progression against a contemporaneous work of the same genre is incisive and compelling in the chapters on Emerson, Douglass, and Dickinson, it marks a shortcoming of Kohler's examination of Nathaniel Hawthorne, William Dean Howells
, and Sarah Orne Jewett.
Of the hundreds of creative types Crane knew in New York, including supporters Hamlin Garland and William Dean Howells
and rivals Frank Norris and Richard Harding Davis, not one sustained visibility into our time as Crane has.
Edith Wharron, William Dean Howells
, and Joseph Conrad, and he has had
We found that it was the long ago residence of William Dean Howells
who lived there from 1873 to 1878, reflecting his substantial contribution to the development of American literature for years and years to come.
The document collection also allows us to recognise the breadth of support the Haymarket Eight received from the likes of Samuel Gompers, President of the American Federation of Labor, District 49 of the rival Knights of Labor, notable socialists and anarchists such as Eleanor Marx and Peter Kropotkin, and literary figures such as William Dean Howells
. As testimony to the legacy of the Haymarket Eight and the movement they gave their lives to, it is shown that subsequent generations of anarchists, syndicalists and socialists, including the Industrial Workers of the World in the United States, the Union General de Trabajadores (UGT) in Spain, and the Melbourne Anarchist Club in Australia all drew inspiration from Parsons et al.
Later comes the famous letter from Abraham Lincoln to the American actor James Hackett, offering a "small attempt at [Shakespearean] criticism." On the essay front, we get Ralph Waldo Emerson's memorable "Shakespeare; or the Poet"; Herman Melville's "Hawthorne and his Mosses," comparing Nathaniel Hawthorne to Shakespeare; Walt Whitman's "What Lurks behind Shakspere's Historical Plays?" discovering in these plays' unloving disposition toward feudal England a kind of anticipation of America; and essays by William Dean Howells
, Jane Addams, T.S.
She seems mystified by the praise of William Dean Howells
and other male tastemakers for Elizabeth Stuart Phelps's poetry, for example, and when she meets Phelps in person at a resort in Florida, she is mildly snarky, commenting wryly about Phelps's devotion to dress reform.
The essay itself presents a multi-dimensional view of one of nineteenth-century American literature's premier "realists," the many-sided William Dean Howells
. Professor Wortham has spent decades studying and publishing on Howells.
Horace Traubel edited an entire book devoted to the event, Camden's Compliment to Walt Whitman (Philadelphia: David McKay, 1889), containing the addresses that were delivered that night, Whitman's response, and testimonials by letter and wire from many writers, family members, and friends, including John Addington Symonds, William Dean Howells
, John Greenleaf Whittier, William Morris, and Mark Twain.
(The quotations below, except for the quotation from William Dean Howells
, are from "Sonnet 1" of a sonnet sequence that is also a corona of sonnets by A.M.