William Dean Howells Correspondence, 1863-1898 | Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database
This collection consists of twenty letters written by the American novelist and literary critic William Dean Howells (1837-1920) that cover a span of thirty-five years. The majority of the letters, dated between 1869 and 1888, are to James Ripley Osgood (1836-1892) the editor of the Atlantic Monthly in which Howells critiques manuscripts submitted to the magazine while he was assistant editor. In other letters to Osgood, Howells discusses his plans for and progress of his own work.
In other letters Howells recommendations publications of articles of unknown authors and talks about his own work, particularly the sketches he is writing about Venice.