Rebecca Harding Davis and American Realism

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Jun 1, 1991 - Literary Criticism - 360 pages
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From the late 1860s until her death in 1910, Rebecca Harding Davis was one of the best-known writers in America. She broke into print as a young woman in the 1860s with "Life in the Iron Mills," which established her as one of the pioneers of American realism. She developed a literary theory of the "commonplace" nearly two decades before William Dean Howels shaped his own version of the concept. Yet, in spite of her importance to the literary and popular culture of her time, she has been, for the most part, ignored by scholars. Rebecca Harding Davis and American Realism helps to change that.

 

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Contents

Life in the Iron Mills
20
A Savage Necessity
60
Other Womens Stories
103
Women of Confidence and ConfidenceMen
152
Across the Gulf
203
The Decadence of a Race
242
The Coming of the Night
278
Notes
309
Index
341
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