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About the Author
William Dean Howells, a major figure in 19th Century letters who introduced America to Zola, Ibsen and Turgenev, as well as championing Edith Wharton, Steven Crane, Emily Dickinson and many others, was one of the most popular authors of his day. His brilliant and realistic depictions of Gilded Age American still ring true today.