Howells: His Life and World

Howells: His Life and World

Howells: His Life and World

Howells: His Life and World

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I am greatly indebted to Miss Mildred Howells and Professor William White Howells as well as to the custodians of two Harvard libraries. To Mr. William A. Jackson and Miss Caroline Jakeman I owe the privilege of examining the letters of Howells and his correspondents that are now kept in the Houghton Library. Mr. Paul H. Buck and Mr. Robert H. Haynes were extremely kind in opening to me the great resources of the Widener Library. I am also obliged to Professors William M. Gibson and George Arms for their bibliography of Howells,--which I have carefully followed,--and to the studies of Professors Edwin H. Cady and Rudolf Kirk. Miss Mildred Howells approved of my project of writing a life of her father, and she has kindly helped me with the illustrations in this book.

When I have been taken to task for my "haphazard documentation," I have remembered William Blake's remark, "Art and science cannot exist save in minutely organized particulars." If I were to document all the particulars that are minutely organized here, I should be obliged to fill another volume, and readers who are disposed to trust me will not, I think, regret this absence of the usual scholarly apparatus. I use footnotes not so much to prove that I am right as to convey additional information, and readers who feel that I have . . .

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