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Rebecca Harding Davis: A Life Among Writers (Paperback)
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Rebecca Harding Davis: A Life Among Writers (Paperback)

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Paperback 516 Pages / Published: 30/06/2019
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2018 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Rebecca Harding Davis is best known for her gritty short story ""Life in the Iron-Mills,"" set in her native Wheeling, West Virginia. Far less is known of her later career among elite social circles in Philadelphia, New York, and Europe, or her relationships with American presidents and leading international figures in the worlds of literature and the stage. In the first book-length biography of Davis, Sharon M. Harris traces the extraordinary life of this pioneering realist and recovers her status as one of America's notable women journalists. Harris also examines Rebecca's role as the leading member of the Davis family, a unique and nationally recognized family of writers that shaped the changing culture of later nineteenth-century literature and journalism.

This accessible treatment of Davis's life, based on deep research in archival sources, provides new perspective on topics ranging from sectional tensions in the border South to the gendered world of nineteenth-century publishing. It promises to be the authoritative treatment of an important figure in the literary history of West Virginia and the wider world.

Publisher: West Virginia University Press
ISBN: 9781949199185
Number of pages: 516
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 41 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Remarkable."" - Los Angeles Review of Books

""Masterful."" - Choice

""An important and exciting biography of a major literary figure. Harris's detective work fills many gaps in Davis's life and work, and her book should appeal to readers interested in nineteenth-century literature, American women writers, and the history of print culture and the book."" - Alicia Mischa Renfroe, Middle Tennessee State University

""A welcome addition to Davis scholarship. Harris's depth of research is extraordinary, providing new material for those wishing to advance the study of Davis's work."" - Robin L. Cadwallader, St. Francis University of Pennsylvania

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