Howells definition by Webster's New World
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Howells, William Dean 1837-1920; U.S. novelist, critic, & editor
Howells definition by American Heritage Dictionary
, William Dean 1837-1920.
American writer and editor in chief (1871-1881) of the Atlantic Monthly, who encouraged a number of writers, including Mark Twain and Henry James. He also wrote many novels, such as The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885), and books of literary criticism.