Donald Davidson was born in 1893 at Campbellsville, Tennessee, of the old pioneer stock whose history he has celebrated both in poetry and in prose, without ever neglecting the no less absorbing modern scene. His gaze, Allen Tate recently said, "is into the past bur the glance is at the present, and this glance is sharp and exact." Both his parents were teachers, and Davidson himself has been teaching and writing since he was seventeen years old, the only major interruption being during World War I when as a lieutenant of infantry he saw action with the 81st ("Wildcat") Division in France. A graduate of Vanderbilt, he returned to his alma mater in 1920 to teach and to study for his M.A., and eventually he mounted the professional ladder, without benefit of the usual Ph.D., to the Vanderbilt professorship in English that he has held since 1937. Summers, however, have generally found him in Vermont as a faculty member of Middlebury's famous Bread Loaf School of English. Davidson's mature acomplishments as a writer date from the nineteen-twenties when, with Ransom, Tate, and others, he became one of the founders and editors of The Fugitive. His earlier publications are largely related to the Fugitive movement, but much of his work after 1927 reflects his own characteristic interests in affairs, ideas, and the arts. A large part of his vigorous periodical writing of both earlier and later years remains uncollected. In 1952 he collaborated, as librettist, with Charles F. Bryan in the opera Singin' Billy. The most recent of his four volumes of poetry are Lee in the Mountains ( 1938) and The Long Street ( 1961). Among his published books are three volumes of literary and social criticism, The Attack on Leviathan ( 1938), Still Rebels, Still Yankees ( 1957), and Southern Writers in the Modern World ( 1958); a two-volume history in the Rivers of America series, The Tennessee ( 1946- 1948); and several textbooks.