William Dean Howells
Born: March 1, 1837
Died: May 11, 1920
Occupation: Author, novelist, mentor
Biography: William Dean Howells was an American realist author and literary critic. Nicknamed The Dean of American Letters, he was particularly known for his tenure as editor of the Atlantic Monthly as well as his own prolific writings, including the Christmas story Christmas Every Day and the novel The Rise of Silas Lapham.