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Mark Antony DeWolfe Howe

(1864-1960) ~ Inducted 2015

Mark Antony DeWolfe Howe (1864-1960), a Bristolian and son of Bishop Mark Antony De Wolfe Howe, was a prolific author, poet and editor who won a Pulitzer Prize in biography. As a Boston resident, he became known as “the dean of Boston's literary world.”

He served as associate editor of the Youth's Companion from 1888 to 1893 and from 1899 to 1913. Between 1893 and 1895, Howe was the assistant editor of the Atlantic Monthly and was also the Vice President of the Atlantic Monthly company from 1911 to 1929. At the same time, he became the editor of the Harvard Alumni Bulletin and served in that post until 1913. In 1916 he served as editor of Harvard Volunteers in Europe. Howe won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for Barrett Wendell and His Letters.

Howe was married to Fanny Huntington Quincy (1870–1933), who was also an essayist and author. The couple had two sons and one daughter: Quincy Howe (1900-1977), news analyst and author, Helen Huntington Howe (1905-1975), monologist and novelist and Mark De Wolfe Howe (1906-1967), Harvard law professor, historian, biographer, civil rights leader. Howe died on December 6, 1960 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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