The Reporter Who Would Be King

The Reporter Who Would Be King

A Biography of Richard Harding Davis

Book - 1992
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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, The
Publisher: New York : Scribner, c1992
ISBN: 9780684194042
Branch Call Number: 070.92 D2973L
MORGAN 070.92 D2973L
Characteristics: 438 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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