Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910) is typically defined as a pioneering realist writer. As this site suggests, she was that and much more. She wrote in a wide range of genres--realism, romance, sketch, gothic, mystery, silhouettes, and many others. Equally important, Davis was not only a renowned fiction writer and essayist, she was a nationally recognized journalist, writing editorials for the New-York Tribune, the Philadelphia Press, and the New York World. She also was a prolific author of children's and young adullt literature.  Examining the body of Davis's writings from the 1860s to 1910 reveals the extraordinary fange of cultural issues that she addressd over her lifetime.

For a better sense of Davis's breadth of subject matter, see the
written by major Davis scholars. Find the essays in the Featured Collection block below or in the Browse Collection site above.

This is a work in progress; our goal is to provide the complete body of Davis's writings.  So check back frequently as more items are added.

"Achill" (1894, nonfiction)
"Lucy Laficher" (1884, fiction)
"The Best Fellow in the World" (1874, nonfiction)
Letters to James T. Fields (January-March 1862)
"The Alsatian Hound" (October 1864)
Letters to James T. Fields (October-December 1861)
Letters to Annie Adams Fields (January-February 1863)
"The Man in the Cage" (1877, fiction)
"The Clergyman's Wife" (1865, fiction)
Letters to Annie Adams Fields (October-December 1862)
"At Bay" (fiction, 1867)
Letters to James T. Fields (September 1861)
Letters to Annie Adams Fields (July-August 1862)

Sharon M. Harris (sharon.harris@uconn.edu)

Robin  Cadwallader, St. Francis University
Donna Compbell, Washington State University
Anna Mae Duane, University of Connecticut
Janice Lasseter, Samford University
Alicia Mischa Renfroe, Middle Tennessee State University
Arielle Zibrak, University of Wyoming