Rebecca Harding Davis

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Remembered today primarily for one classic work – the novella “Life in the Iron Mills” (1861) – Rebecca Harding Davis was a popular and prolific nineteenth-century writer whose long literary career encompassed 9 novels, 292 stories and serials, plus numerous essays and juvenile pieces, most of which were published in the leading magazines of her day. Interesting as many of these texts are for their experiments with a new realist language and aesthetic for exploring the everyday lives of socially marginal groups ranging from frustrated women artists and newly freed slaves to child prostitutes and exploited industrial workers, most of them did not sustain the high quality of “Life in the Iron Mills”, her first major …

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Nichols, Kathleen L.. "Rebecca Harding Davis". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 February 2005
[, accessed 28 November 2015.]

Articles on Davis' works

  1. Life in the Iron Mills