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William Dean Howells (1837 - 1920)
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William Dean Howells (1837-1920), author, editor, and critic, was born on 1 March 1837 in Martinsville, now Martin's Ferry, Ohio, the second son of eight children born to Mary Dean Howells and William Cooper Howells, a printer and publisher. As the family moved from town to town, including a year-long residence at a utopian commune in Eureka Mills, later described in his New Leaf Mills (1913), Howells worked as a typesetter and a printer's apprentice, educating himself through intensive reading ..
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The action is best that secures the greatest happiness for the greatest number.
- William Dean Howells
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