Rebecca Harding Davis

Rebecca Harding Davis, 1831–1910, American novelist, b. Washington, Pa.; mother of Richard Harding Davis. Her early nonfiction pieces, particularly those collected under the title Life in the Iron Mills (1861), and her first novel, Margaret Howth (1862), foreshadowed the naturalistic techniques of later 19th-century writers by showing how a dismal environment can warp character.

See her autobiographical Bits of Gossip (1904); biography by G. Langford (1961).

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Rebecca Harding Davis and American Realism
Sharon M. Harris.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991
The Fugitive Race: Minority Writers Resisting Whiteness
Stephen P. Knadler.
University Press of Mississippi, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Miscegenated Whiteness: Rebecca Harding Davis, the 'Civil-izing War,' and 'Female Racism'"
Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature
Rosemarie Garland Thomson.
Columbia University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Four "Benevolent Maternalism and the Disabled Women in Stowe, Davis, and Phelps"
The Political Work of Northern Women Writers and the Civil War, 1850-1872
Lyde Cullen Sizer.
University of North Carolina Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Northern Borders: Introducing Southworth, Harper, and Davis" begins on p. 37, "Jacobs and Davis: The Web of Racial and Wage Slavery" begins on p. 66, and "Class Is Another War: Fern, Townsend, and Davis" begins on p. 133
Slaveries "In the Borders": Rebecca Harding Davis's "Life in the Iron Mills" in Its Southern Context
Henwood, Dawn.
The Mississippi Quarterly, Vol. 52, No. 4, Fall 1999
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The Censored and Uncensored Literary Lives of Life in the Iron-Mills
Lasseter, Janice Milner.
Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, Vol. 20, No. 1-2, January-June 2003
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Separate Spheres No More: Gender Convergence in American Literature, 1830-1930
Monika M. Elbert.
University of Alabama Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Embedded in the City, Embedded in the Text: Rebecca Harding Davis's Private-Public 'I'" begins on p. 99
Hawthorne and Women: Engendering and Expanding the Hawthorne Tradition
John L. Idol Jr.; Melinda M. Ponder.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Hawthorne's Legacy to Rebecca Harding Davis" begins on p. 168
The Environmental Debate: A Documentary History
Peninah Neimark; Peter Rhoades Mott.
Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Document 41 "Rebecca Harding Davis on Smoke and Soot in a Mill Town"
"A Desolate, Shabby Home": Rebecca Harding Davis, Margret Howth, and Domestic Ideology
Miller, Jeffrey W.
ATQ (The American Transcendental Quarterly), Vol. 17, No. 4, December 2003
Representing and Self-Mutilating the Laboring Male Body: Re-Examining Rebecca Harding Davis's: Life in the Iron Mills
Miles, Caroline S.
ATQ (The American Transcendental Quarterly), Vol. 18, No. 2, June 2004
American Naturalistic and Realistic Novelists: A Biographical Dictionary
E. C. Applegate.
Greenwood Press, 2002
Librarian’s tip: "Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910)" begins on p. 93
Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook
Denise D. Knight.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910)" begins on p. 88
The Gay Nineties in America: A Cultural Dictionary of the 1890s
Robert L. Gale.
Greenwood Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Davis, Rebecca Harding (1831-1910)" begins on p. 92
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