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Mildred and William Dean Howells

Mildred and William Dean Howells
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Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1 Mar 1848 - 3 Aug 1907
William Dean Howells, 1 Mar 1837 - 11 May 1920
Mildred Howells, 1872 - 1966
Bronze relief
With mount: 35.2 x 46.4 x 1.6cm (13 7/8 x 18 1/4 x 5/8")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the National Gallery of Art; gift of Mildred Howells, 1949
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"Let fiction cease to lie about life; let it portray men and women as they are," wrote William Dean Howells in 1887, in celebrating the work of his close friend Mark Twain. A tireless writer who shared Twain's concern for social justice, Howells led an often-controversial campaign for realism in literature. In such novels as The Rise of Silas Lapham, which chronicled the progress of a self-made man among Boston's old social elite, he revealed his interest in "common American lives." As the editor of the prestigious Atlantic Monthly and later Harper's, Howells was not only the most widely read author in America, but he was also influential in promoting the careers of many emerging literary talents. Augustus Saint-Gaudens's likeness depicts Howells reading to his daughter Mildred.
Mildred Howells; gift to the National Gallery of Art 1949; transferred to NPG 1965
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NPG, East Gallery 133