Davis, Rebecca Harding

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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