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The reporter who would be king : a biography of Richard Harding Davis, Arthur Lubow

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The reporter who would be king : a biography of Richard Harding Davis
Title
The reporter who would be king
Title remainder
a biography of Richard Harding Davis
Statement of responsibility
Arthur Lubow
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • At the turn of the century, Richard Harding Davis was the most dashing man in America. "His stalwart good looks were as familiar to us as were those of our own football captain; we knew his face as we knew the face of the President of the United States, but we infinitely preferred Davis's," wrote Booth Tarkington. "Of all the great people of every continent, this was the one we most desired to see." The real-life model for the debonair escort of the Gibson Girl, Davis
  • was so celebrated a war correspondent that a war hardly seemed a war if he didn't cover it. Describing the desperate charge of his friend Theodore Roosevelt in the Spanish-American War, he produced both a classic of battle reportage and a legend in American history. In his immensely popular short stories and novels, Davis created handsome young protagonists who were equally adept with a pistol and a fish fork--understandably, many readers confused these chivalrous heroes
  • with their author. Writers like Jack London, Stephen Crane, Theodore Dreiser, Sinclair Lewis, and Ernest Hemingway tried to emulate him in their lives and writing. In public, Davis presented the resolutely smiling face that the Victorian era demanded. His private side was darker. Like so many of his cheerful contemporaries, he was plagued by fits of depression, which he choked back in secret. His attachment to his formidable mother, herself a well-known writer, was
  • legendary. He didn't marry until he was thirty-five, and the union was apparently unconsummated. Only after his mother's death did he divorce his strong-willed, wealthy wife and marry a young vaudeville star. He died less than four years later, during the First World War, at the age of fifty-one. With death came ridicule, then oblivion. Davis epitomized all the virtues of the fin-de-siecle that the postwar era mocked. Looking back now, we can detect in this self-created,
  • bumptious, ingratiating man the personification of his time--the adolescence of America. Arthur Lubow's absorbing biography takes us with Davis from youthful assignments at the devastating Johnstown flood and the first execution in the electric chair to the spectacular coronation of the last czar of Russia and the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. We meet Stephen Crane, William Randolph Hearst, Frederic Remington, and Stanford White. In Davis's company, we travel to the
  • battlefields of the Spanish-American War, the Boer War, and the First World War, and to the high-society dinner parties of New York and London. As stylish and entertaining as its subject, The Reporter Who Would Be King brings to life an unforgettable era and a forgotten hero whose life is a study in the meaning and fleetingness of fame
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lubow, Arthur
Dewey number
  • 070/.92
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PS1523
LC item number
.L8 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Davis, Richard Harding
  • Authors, American
  • Journalists
  • Journalistes
  • Écrivains américains
  • Biographie
  • Authors, American
  • Journalists
Label
The reporter who would be king : a biography of Richard Harding Davis, Arthur Lubow
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [337]-427) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
His mother's son -- The muddy road to Johnstown -- Famous overnight -- The young man's epoch -- Footloose and nervous -- First love, first war -- Teddy's brave an' fluent bodyguard -- A woman well bred, wholesome, and intelligent -- A failure drives him to farces--and to Tokyo -- A house of his own -- A wild, fantastic, headlong dance -- Shrapnel, chivalry, sauce mousseline -- The final blessing
Control code
25833628
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
438 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780684194042
Lccn
92015971
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)25833628
Label
The reporter who would be king : a biography of Richard Harding Davis, Arthur Lubow
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [337]-427) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
His mother's son -- The muddy road to Johnstown -- Famous overnight -- The young man's epoch -- Footloose and nervous -- First love, first war -- Teddy's brave an' fluent bodyguard -- A woman well bred, wholesome, and intelligent -- A failure drives him to farces--and to Tokyo -- A house of his own -- A wild, fantastic, headlong dance -- Shrapnel, chivalry, sauce mousseline -- The final blessing
Control code
25833628
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
438 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780684194042
Lccn
92015971
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)25833628

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