William Dean Howells | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by John W. Crowley and Charles L. Crow

This literature criticism consists of approximately 23 pages of analysis & critique of William Dean Howells.
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Critical Essay by John W. Crowley and Charles L. Crow

SOURCE: "Psychic and Psychological Themes in Howells' 'A Sleep and a Forgetting'," in ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, Vol. 23, No. 1, 1977, pp. 41-51.

In the following essay, Crowley and Crow explore psychological, psychic, and autobiographical themes in Howells's "A Sleep and a Forgetting."

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One tenet of W. D. Howells' realism was the primacy of the commonplace. Early in his career, he insisted: "As in literature the true artist will shun the use even of real events if they are of an improbable character, so the sincere observer of man will not desire to look upon his heroic or occasional phases, but will seek him in his habitual moods of vacancy and tiresomeness. To me, at any rate, he is at such times very precious...

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