Mark Antony De Wolfe Howe (writer)

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M. A. De Wolfe Howe

Mark Antony De Wolfe Howe (1864 – 6 December 1960) was an American editor and author. He lived in Boston, Massachusetts and had a summer home in Cotuit.[1]

Early life and education

He was born in Bristol, Rhode Island. In 1886, he graduated from Lehigh University and in 1887 from Harvard (A.M., 1888), where his son later taught law. He received an honorary Litt. D. from Lehigh in 1916.[2]


He was the son of Bishop Mark Antony De Wolfe Howe[3]

In 1899 he married Fanny Huntington Quincy (1870–1933),[4] also an essayist and author, who was a sister to Josiah Quincy (1859–1919) and the daughter of Helen Fanny Huntington (1831–1903) & Josiah Phillips Quincy, poet, writer, and publicist.

He had two sons and one daughter: Quincy Howe (1900-1977), news analyst and author, Helen Huntington Howe (1905-1975), monologuist and novelist who married Reginald Allen, and Mark De Wolfe Howe (1906-1967), Harvard law professor, historian, biographer, civil rights leader.[5]


He served as associate editor of the Youth's Companion from 1888 to 1893 and again from 1899 to 1913, as assistant editor of the Atlantic Monthly in 1893-1895, and as editor of the Harvard Alumni Bulletin until 1913. He was also Vice President of the Atlantic Monthly company from 1911 to 1929. As an author he won the 1925 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for Barrett Wendell and His Letters. He was the editor of Harvard Volunteers in Europe in 1916.

He died in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Published works

Besides editing The Memory of Lincoln (1889), Home Letters of General Sherman (1909), The Beacon Biographies (31 volumes, 1899–1910), and Lines of Battle and Other Poems by Henry Howard Brownell (1912), he published the following:

Notes and references

  1. Obituaries - American Antiquarian Society Retrieved 2017-05-03.
  2. Chi Phi Centennial Memorial Volume
  3. [1]
  4. Helen Howe, The Gentle Americans (New York: Harper & Row, 1965), 71.
  5. Massachusetts Historical Society: Quincy, Wendell, Holmes, and Upham Family Papers, 1633-1910

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