William Dean Howells

(1837-1920 / United States)

William Dean Howells Quotes

  • ''The mortality of all inanimate things is terrible to me, but that of books most of all.''
    William Dean Howells (1837-1920), U.S. novelist, critic. Letter, April 6, 1903, to editor Charles Eliot Norton.
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  • ''Some people can stay longer in an hour than others can in a week.''
    William Dean Howells (1837-1920), U.S. novelist, critic. Attributed.
  • ''In Europe life is histrionic and dramatized, and ... in America, except when it is trying to be European, it is direct and sincere.''
    William Dean Howells (1837-1920), U.S. novelist, critic. "Their Silver Wedding Journey," Harper's (New York, September 1899).

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Earliest Spring

TOSSING his mane of snows in wildest eddies and tangles,
   Lion-like March cometh in, hoarse, with tempestuous breath,
Through all the moaning chimneys, and 'thwart all the hollows and
   angles
   Round the shuddering house, threating of winter and death.

But in my heart I feel the life of the wood and the meadow
   Thrilling the pulses that own kindred with fibres that lift
Bud and blade to the sunward, within the ins

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