Richard Harding Davis

Richard Harding Davis, 1864–1916, American author and journalist, b. Philadelphia; son of Rebecca Harding Davis. After attending Lehigh and Johns Hopkins universities, he became a reporter in Philadelphia and later was on the New York Evening Sun. His stories and articles were soon attracting attention, and with the publication of Gallegher and Other Stories (1891), a collection of tales about a newsboy-detective, his reputation as a fiction writer was established. In 1890 he became managing editor of Harper's Weekly and began making trips in its behalf to various parts of the world. As a foreign correspondent he covered all the wars of his day and published several books recording his experiences; his war dispatches were colorful and dramatic, frequently at the expense of accuracy. Besides collections of short stories, his other writings include the novels Soldiers of Fortune (1897) and The Bar Sinister (1903) and the plays The Dictator (1904) and Miss Civilization (1906).

See his Adventures and Letters (ed. by his brother, C. B. Davis, 1917); biography by A. Lubow (1992).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Richard Harding Davis: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! A Year from a Reporter's Note-Book By Richard Harding Davis Harper & Brothers, 1897
FREE! The Red Cross Girl By Richard Harding Davis Charles Scribner's Sons, 1912
FREE! The Man Who Could Not Lose By Richard Harding Davis Scribner's Sons, 1911
A Sourcebook of American Literary Journalism: Representative Writers in an Emerging Genre By Thomas B. Connery Greenwood Press, 1992
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Imaging American Women: Idea and Ideals in Cultural History By Martha Banta Columbia University Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Richard Harding Davis begins on p. 440
FREE! Somewhere in France By Richard Harding Davis A. L. Burt Company, 1915
FREE! The King's Jackal By Richard Harding Davis; Charles Gibson Dana Scribner, 1905
FREE! Ranson's Folly By Richard Harding Davis C. Scribner's Sons, 1902
Authors Today and Yesterday: A Companion Volume to Living Authors By Stanley J. Kunitz; Howard Haycraft; Wilbur C. Hadden H.W. Wilson, 1933
Librarian’s tip: "Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916)" begins on p. 187
The Gay Nineties in America: A Cultural Dictionary of the 1890s By Robert L. Gale Greenwood Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Davis, Richard Harding (1864-1916)" begins on p. 93
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