How might William Dean Howells’s commitment to realism be responsible for the irresolute plots in certain of his novels?
To what extent would Howells have agreed with President Calvin Coolidge’s later assertion that “the business of America is business”?
What does Howells’s championing of both Mark Twain and Henry James reveal about his conception of realism? What does it reveal about Howells himself?
What evidence is there that Howell’s insistence on depicting “ordinary life” helped prepare the way for later writers’ preoccupation with lowly and criminal life?
Mark Twain and Henry James, each in his own way, were interested in Americans as innocents abroad. What was the focus of Howells’s interest as an American who spent considerable time in Europe?