Bronze reduction, 8 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches (20.96 x 33.66 cm.),
collection of SGNHS

Mildred and William Dean Howells, 1898

William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was a leading literary figure in America, both as a novelist and as an editor. Born in Martins Ferry, Ohio, he began his career as an assistant editor for the Atlantic Monthly in Boston, where he worked from 1880 to 1890. In New York he became editor of Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine. In 1862 he married Elinor Mead, the sister of William Rutherford Mead (of McKim, Mead and White) and of Larkin Mead, the sculptor. Howells’ son John was also an architect. His daughter, Mildred (1873-1966), included in this relief, was a painter, a watercolorist, and a poet. She illustrated some of her father’s books and also edited his manuscripts, which were published as A Life in Letters of William Dean Howells. Saint-Gaudens met Howells in 1890, and they later became friends. The relief was modeled in New York in 1897.