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A Broken Teacup

Amanda Claybaugh: The ambition of William Dean Howells, 6 October 2005

William Dean Howells: A Writer’s Life 
by Susan Goodman and Carl Dawson.
California, 519 pp., £22.95, May 2005, 0 520 23896 6
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... biographers and a handful of critics have long sought to restore his reputation; Susan Goodman and Carl Dawson are the latest. Vivid, judicious, sympathetic to its subject and sensitive to the historical context, their biography provides a compelling introduction to Howells. It also challenges those who think they know him well by revising the standard ...

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