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Appreciations of Richard Harding Davis is a fascinating collection of essays compiled by various authors which pay tribute to the remarkable life and achievements of an iconic figure in American literature, Richard Harding Davis.

This book is a treasure trove of insights and reflections on the profound impact Davis had on the literary landscape of his time. Each essay offers a unique perspective, shedding light on different aspects of Davis' work, personality, and his undeniable influence on contemporary authors.

The collection opens with a poignant introduction that vividly captures the essence of Davis and sets the tone for what lies ahead. The subsequent essays delve into Davis' versatility as a writer, highlighting his skills in various genres, from journalism to travelogues and fiction. Each author eloquently dissects Davis' writing style, his ability to captivate readers, and his uncanny talent for painting vivid imagery with words.

Through these essays, readers gain invaluable insight into Davis' life beyond his work. The personal anecdotes shared by friends, acquaintances, and fellow writers offer a glimpse into his character, revealing his charm, magnetic presence, and unwavering dedication to his craft. The anecdotes not only paint a picture of a talented writer but also provide a glimpse into the historical context in which Davis lived, making this collection an intriguing blend of biography and literary analysis.

One aspect that stands out in Appreciations of Richard Harding Davis is the seamless flow of the essays. Despite being written by various authors, the book maintains a consistent theme, allowing readers to immerse themselves in Davis' life and work without any interruptions. This curated collection ensures that there is no redundancy or unnecessary overlap, making it a smooth and engaging read.

Moreover, the book also highlights the lasting impact Davis had on his contemporaries and future generations of writers. It aptly demonstrates how his innovative storytelling techniques, his unwavering dedication to truth, and his insightful perspectives laid the groundwork for the development of American literature.

If there is one criticism, it would be the absence of a comprehensive biography of Davis within the book. While the personal anecdotes and insights from various authors provide glimpses into his life, a more structured narrative detailing the significant milestones and events in Davis' life could have added further depth to the collection.

In conclusion, Appreciations of Richard Harding Davis is a must-read for lovers of American literature and those curious about the life and works of this iconic author. Its thought-provoking essays, eloquent language, and seamless flow make it a captivating read from start to finish. Above all, this collection serves as a testament to the lasting legacy of Richard Harding Davis and his invaluable contributions to the literary world.

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Appreciations of Richard Harding Davis


Various Authors of Some Repute


Gouverneur Morris Booth Tarkington Charles Dana Gibson E. L. Burlingame Augustus Thomas Theodore Roosevelt Irvin S. Cobb John Fox, Jr Finley Peter Dunne Winston Churchill Leonard Wood John T. McCutcheon

R. H. D.


"And they rise to their feet as He passes by, gentlemen unafraid."

He was almost too good to be true. In addition, the gods loved him, and so he had to die young. Some people think that a man of fifty two is middle aged. But if R. H. D. had lived to be a hundred, he would never have grown old. It is not generally known that the name of his other brother was Peter Pan.

Within the year we have played at pirates together, at the taking of sperm whales; and we have ransacked the Westchester Hills for gunsites against the Mexican invasion. And we have made lists of guns, and medicines, and tinned things, in case we should ever happen to go elephant shooting in Africa. But we weren't going to hurt the elephants. Once R. H. D. shot a hippopotamus and he was always ashamed and sorry. I think he never killed anything else. He wasn't that kind of a sportsman. Of hunting, as of many other things, he has said the last word... Continue reading book >>

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