March 1st. Celebrating the birthdate of author William Dean Howells (1837-1920).
He wrote more than 40 novels and story collections and played an important part in the rise of the American Realist movement.
"Tomorrow I shall be sixty-nine, but I do not seem to care. I did not start the affair, and I have not been consulted about it at any step." William Dean Howells from Brainyquote.com
Photo courtesy of PBS: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americannovel/timeline/howells.html