West Virginia History, N.S. 5, No.1, Spring 2011 Rebecca Harding Davis's Stories of the Civil War Era: Selected Writings from the Borderlands. Edited by Sharon M. Harris and Robin L. Cadwallader (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2010. Pp. xi , 319.) With the publication of this collection, editors Sharon Harris and Robin Cadwallader introduce modern readers to Rebecca Harding Davis, one of the foremost literary realists and important woman writers of the nineteenth century. Davis's Civil War stories, the first of which were published in 1862, are among the earliest examples of Civil War fiction. In them, she shows how divided loyalties tore families, friends, and communities apart--particularly in her native West(ern) Virginia--leading to guerilla warfare that spared no one. At the same time, Davis deftly shows the fallacies and shortcomings in the rhetoric of both sides. As a result her stories starkly portray the hard reality of the Civil War; they don't romanticize it. The editors of this collection, as well as the University of Georgia Press, fail readers, however, with the book's astonishingly poor annotation. There are numerous errors just in "David Gaunt" that could have been avoided with simple research. They place Romney "near the
West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies – West Virginia University Press
Published: Mar 31, 2011
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