William Dean Howells
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Known as “The Dean of American Letters”, William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was a realist author and literary critic best known for his tenure as one of the most influential editors of the Atlantic Monthly, which is still an important publication today. And though Howells is known mostly for his work as a literary critic, he was also a novelist who wrote works like The Rise of Silas Lapham, Christmas Every Day, and much more. Along the way, he was a literary critic of the works of some of his greatest contemporaries, like Emile Zola, and he knew many American writers, including Mark Twain, Henry James, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
In the novel Ragged Lady, Howells tells the story of an American girl who travels from New England to Venice, with the story climaxing in Italy. The foreign setting was a departure from Howells's usual formula.
This edition of Howells’ Ragged Lady is specially formatted with a Table of Contents and is illustrated with over a dozen pictures of Howells.