Born into an anti-slavery family of eight children, Howells aided his family by setting type in his journalist father's printing office.
William Dean Howells, who met Walt Whitman briefly at Pfaff's, wrote a number of reviews of Whitman's work between 1860 and 1909. These reviews not only display a sophisticated understanding of the many aspects of the poet's career--from his self promotion to his desire to create a uniquely national poetics--but they also give insight into Howells' own sense of what an emerging modernist aesthetic practice should be.
The Vault at Pfaff's
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