William Dean Howells was the second of eight children born to William Cooper Howells and Mary Dean Howells on 1st March, 1837, in Martinsville, Ohio recently now known as Martins Ferry, Ohio.

His dad worked as a newspaper editor and printer, and he moved and travelled  throughout Ohio a lot.

Later the family relocated to Hamilton, Ohio, in 1840, where his father contended a Whig newspaper and practiced “Swedenborgianism”. 

Later, He began assisting his father with typesetting and printing work at a young age, a vocation well known as a printer’s devil at the time. 

In 1858, he began to work at the “Ohio State Journal” where he wrote poetry and short stories, and also translated pieces from Spanish, French, and German.

Also In 1858, he began to work at the “Ohio State Journal” where he wrote poetry and short stories, and also translated pieces from Spanish, French, and German.

In 1865, the Howells family moved back to America and settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He contributed to publications such as The Atlantic Monthly and Harper’s Magazine.

Howells released The Flight of Pony Baker in 1902, a children’s tale inspired in part by his own youth. 

The family had to be economical, but the young Howells’ intelligent inclinations were nurtured by his parents.