No other American novelist has written so fully about language-grammar, diction, the place of colloquialism and dialect in literary English, the relation between speech and writing-as William Dean Howells. The power of language to create social, political, and racial identity was of central concern to Americans in the nineteenth century, and the implications of language in this regard are strikingly revealed in the writings of Howells, the most influential critic and editor of his age. In this.
About the Author
Elsa Nettels, professor of English at the College of William and Mary, is the author of James and Conrad.