William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was an American novelist and editor.
The "dean" of US letters in the post-Civil War era, and editor of the Atlantic Monthly, he championed the realist movement in fiction and encouraged many younger authors. He wrote 35 novels, 35 plays, and many books of poetry, essays, and commentary.
His novels, filled with vivid social detail, include "A Modern Instance" (1882) and "The Rise of Silas Lapham" (1885), about the social fall and moral rise of a New England paint manufacturer, a central fable of the Gilded Age.
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William Dean Howells was an American author and literary critic.