Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Ellery Sedgwick, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Robert Lee Lynch, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Craig C. Challender, Ph.D.


This thesis looks at the early writings of William Dean Howells and how they create and cement the ideas of realism both in himself and in his readers. It studies his transition from being a romantic writer to being a realistic writer, leading the way forward for other well-known realism writers.



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