- Series: Pitt Poetry (Paperback)
- Paperback: 536 pages
- Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (September 15, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0822955695
- ISBN-13: 978-0822955696
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,964,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Rebecca Harding Davis Reader: Life in the Iron Mills, Selected Fiction, and Essays (Pitt Poetry (Paperback)) Paperback – September 15, 1995
“I am very excited about this book. It will greatly facilitate the study of Davis on all scholarly levels, and introduce Davis to the general reader. . . . Pfaelzer’s introduction is rich, provocative, and thoughtful.”
—Jane A. Rose
"Jean Pfaelzer gives us not just a historically important collection; she gives us an absorbing book. Davis summons an intensity of feeling traditionally associated with 'sentimentalism' to sound the earliest notes of 'realism' in our national letters. We do not expect such writing from the pen of a nineteenth-century woman. Today's readers will be astonished."
—Jean Fagan Yellin, Pace University
From the Back Cover
In both fiction and nonfiction, Davis attacked contemporary questions such as slavery, prostitution, divorce, the Spanish-American War, the colonization of Africa, the plight of the rural South, northern racism, environmental pollution, and degraded work conditions generated by the rise of heavy industry. Written from the standpoint of a critical observer in the midst of things, Davis's work vividly re-creates the social and ideological ferment of post-Civil War United States.