Martins Ferry in Belmont County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
William Dean Howells / James Arlington Wright
Side A: William Dean Howells
"The Dean of American Letters"
Author, editor, and social critic William Dean Howells (1837-1920) was born in Martins Ferry, the son of an itinerant printer and publisher. Self-educated, Howells learned the printer's craft early and took up journalism, rising to city editor of the Ohio State Journal (Columbus) in 1858. From 1871 to 1881, he was editor of the Atlantic Monthly magazine, a position of enormous influence in American literary tastes. Howells championed the work of Emily Dickenson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Stephen Crane, as well as several others. A prolific writer himself, he published over one hundred works. Howells is best known for his realistic fiction, including A Modern Instance (1882) and The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885). Many of his novels reflect his Ohio roots.
Side B: Poet James Arlington Wright
James Arlington Wright was born in Martins Ferry on December 13, 1927. Wright's early life during the depression years was difficult, but he graduated as valedictorian from Martins Ferry High School in 1946. Wright later taught at the University of Minnesota and Hunter College (NY). A prolific writer, Wright published numerous books and volumes of his poetry, many of which included people and settings from Martins Ferry. In
Erected 2003 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, Longaberger Company, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 12-7.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 5.802′ N, 80° 43.465′ W. Marker is in Martins Ferry, Ohio, in Belmont County. Marker is at the intersection of 5th Street (James Wright Way) and Hanover Street (Ohio Route 647), on the left when traveling south on 5th Street (James Wright Way). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Martins Ferry OH 43935, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Walnut Grove Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Elizabeth Zane (approx. 0.3 miles away); Martins Ferry Pioneers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wheeling Hospital (approx. one mile away in West Virginia); McColloch’s Leap (approx. 1.2 miles away in West Virginia); The Mingo (approx. 1.2 miles away in West Virginia); Gibson-Linn (approx. 1.4 miles away in West Virginia); List House (approx. 1.6 miles away in West Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Martins Ferry.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Howells spent his formative years in Hamilton, Ohio.
Also see . . .
1. William Dean Howells. (Submitted on March 10, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. James Arlington Wright. (Submitted on March 10, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Communications • Education • Notable Persons •
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