Davis, Rebecca Harding,
1831–1910, American novelist, b. Washington, Pa.; mother of Richard Harding Davis
. Her early nonfiction pieces, particularly those collected under the title Life in the Iron Mills
(1861), and her first novel, Margaret Howth
(1862), foreshadowed the naturalistic techniques of later 19th-century writers by showing how a dismal environment can warp character.
See her autobiographical Bits of Gossip (1904); biography by G. Langford (1961).
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