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William Dean Howells

Geburtstag: 1. März 1837
Todesdatum: 11. Mai 1920

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William Dean Howells war ein US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller, Literaturkritiker und Zeitschriftenredakteur. Seine bekanntesten Werke sind A Modern Instance und The Rise of Silas Lapham .

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„The secret of the man who is universally interesting is that he is universally interested“

— William Dean Howells
Context: The secret of the man who is universally interesting is that he is universally interested, and this was, above all, the secret of the charm that Doctor Holmes had for every one. No doubt he knew it, for what that most alert intelligence did not know of itself was scarcely worth knowing. This knowledge was one of his chief pleasures, I fancy; he rejoiced in the consciousness which is one of the highest attributes of the highly organized man, and he did not care for the consequences in your mind, if you were so stupid as not to take him aright. [http://archive.org/stream/oliverwendellhol03395gut/old/whowh10.txt Literary Friends and Acquaintance : A Personal Retrospect of American Authorship (1900)]

„If we love mankind, pity them, we even wish to suffer for them.“

— William Dean Howells
Context: The life of Christ, it wasn't only in healing the sick and going about to do good; it was suffering for the sins of others. That's as great a mystery as the mystery of death. Why should there be such a principle in the world? But it's been felt, and more or less dumbly, blindly recognized ever since Calvary. If we love mankind, pity them, we even wish to suffer for them. That's what has created the religious orders in all times--the brotherhoods and sisterhoods that belong to our day as much as to the mediaeval past. That's what is driving a girl like Margaret Vance, who has everything that the world can offer her young beauty, on to the work of a Sister of Charity among the poor and the dying. A Hazard Of New Fortunes, Ch. XI

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„Christ and the life of Christ is at this moment inspiring the literature of the world as never before, and raising it up a witness against waste and want and war. It may confess Him, as in Tolstoi's work it does, or it may deny Him, but it cannot exclude Him; and in the degree that it ignores His spirit, modern literature is artistically inferior.“

— William Dean Howells
Context: Christ and the life of Christ is at this moment inspiring the literature of the world as never before, and raising it up a witness against waste and want and war. It may confess Him, as in Tolstoi's work it does, or it may deny Him, but it cannot exclude Him; and in the degree that it ignores His spirit, modern literature is artistically inferior. In other words, all good literature is now Christmas literature. In Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Editor's Study Christmas Literature (December 1888), p. 158-59, as quoted in An Imperative Duty, Appendix D, 7

„The life of Christ, it wasn't only in healing the sick and going about to do good; it was suffering for the sins of others.“

— William Dean Howells
Context: The life of Christ, it wasn't only in healing the sick and going about to do good; it was suffering for the sins of others. That's as great a mystery as the mystery of death. Why should there be such a principle in the world? But it's been felt, and more or less dumbly, blindly recognized ever since Calvary. If we love mankind, pity them, we even wish to suffer for them. That's what has created the religious orders in all times--the brotherhoods and sisterhoods that belong to our day as much as to the mediaeval past. That's what is driving a girl like Margaret Vance, who has everything that the world can offer her young beauty, on to the work of a Sister of Charity among the poor and the dying. A Hazard Of New Fortunes, Ch. XI

„That's what is driving a girl like Margaret Vance, who has everything that the world can offer her young beauty, on to the work of a Sister of Charity among the poor and the dying.“

— William Dean Howells
Context: The life of Christ, it wasn't only in healing the sick and going about to do good; it was suffering for the sins of others. That's as great a mystery as the mystery of death. Why should there be such a principle in the world? But it's been felt, and more or less dumbly, blindly recognized ever since Calvary. If we love mankind, pity them, we even wish to suffer for them. That's what has created the religious orders in all times--the brotherhoods and sisterhoods that belong to our day as much as to the mediaeval past. That's what is driving a girl like Margaret Vance, who has everything that the world can offer her young beauty, on to the work of a Sister of Charity among the poor and the dying. A Hazard Of New Fortunes, Ch. XI

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„The wrecks of slavery are fast growing a fungus crop of sentiment.“

— William Dean Howells
[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3365/3365.txt Their Wedding Journey] (1872)

„He who sleeps in continual noise is wakened by silence [... ]“

— William Dean Howells
[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/29993/29993-h/29993-h.htm Pordenone], IV (1886)

„Clemens was sole, incomparable, the Lincoln of our literature.“

— William Dean Howells
[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/3390/3390.txt My Mark Twain] (1910)

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„What the American public wants is a tragedy with a happy ending.“

— William Dean Howells
As quoted in [http://www.archive.org/details/frenchwaysandthe00wharuoft French Ways and Their Meaning] (1919) by Edith Wharton, p. 65 Variant: What the American public always wants is a tragedy with a happy ending. As quoted in [http://archive.org/details/backwardglance030620mbp A Backward Glance] (1934) by Edith Wharton, p. 147

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