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Richard Beale Davis

Richard Beale Davis, American educator. award 1963), American Literature through Bryant, 1969, Literature and Society in Early Virginia 1608-1840, 1973, Intellectual Life in the Colonial South, vols; award for history 1979), A Colonial Southern Bookshelf, 1979.

Background

  • Davis, Richard Beale was born on June 3, 1907 in Accomack, Virginia, United States. Son of Henry Woodhouse and Margaret Josephine (Wills) Davis.

  • Education

    • Graduate School, 1957, Duke, 1965.

    Career

    • Instructor English McGuire U. School, Richmond, Virginia, 1927-1930, Randolph-Macon Academy, 1930-1932. Instructor, teaching fellow University of Virginia, 1933-1936. Associate professor Mary Washington College University of Virginia, 1936-1940.

      Associate professor of University South Carolina., 1940-1946, Professor of English, 1946-1947. Professor of English, in charge American literature U. Tennessee, 1947-1962, Alumni Distinguished Service professor American literature, 1962-1977, professor emeritus, from 1977. Visiting professor American literature University of Virginia, summers, 1938-1942, University Texas, 1949.

      Research grantee Huntington Library, 1947, 50, American Philosophical Society, 1951-1952, 58, 62, Folger Library, 1955, American Council Learned Socs., 1966, Colonial Williamsburg, 1964. Fulbright visiting professor U. Oslo, 1953-1954. United States State Department lecturer to Indian universities, 1957.

      Visiting professor Claremont Graduate School, 1957, Duke, 1965. Chairman Southern Humanities Conference, since 1960.

    Works

    • Author: Francis Walker Gilmer-Life and Learning in Jefferson’s Virginia, 1939, (with Fredson Bowers) George Sandys-A Bibliographical Catalogue of Printed Editions in England to 1700, 1950, George Sandys, Poet-Adventurer, 1955, The Abbe Correa in American, 1955, William Fitzhugh and His Chesapeake World, 1676-1701, 1963, Intellectual Life in Jefferson’s Virginia, 1790-1830, 1964 (American Association State and Local History award 1963), American Literature through Bryant, 1969, Literature and Society in Early Virginia 1608-1840, 1973, Intellectual Life in the Colonial South, vols. 1-3, 1978 (National Book award for history 1979), A Colonial Southern Bookshelf, 1979. Contributor (with Fredson Bowers) articles to professional journals.

      Editor: (with Fredson Bowers) Tennessee Studies in Lit, 1956-1972, Correspondence of Thomas Jefferson and Francis Walker Gilmer, Chivers’ Life of Poe, 1952, The Colonial Virginia Satirist, 1967, Collected Poems of Samuel Davies, 1723-1761, 1968, The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish (Cooper), 1970, The Letters of the British Spy (William Wirt), 1970, (with C.H. Holman, L. Rubin, Junior) Southern Writing, 1970. Co-editor: (with C.H. Holman, L. Rubin, Junior) American Cultural History, 1607-1829, 1961.

    Religion

    Denomination: Episcopalian

    Membership

    Served with United States Navy Reserve, 1943-1946. Guggenheim fellow, 1947, 60-61. Member S. Atlantic Modern Language Association (president 1964-1965), Modern Language Association (chairman American literature section 1975), Bibliographical Society American, American Association of University Professors, Raven Society, International Association professors English, Virginia History Society (honorary), American Antiquarian Society, Blue Key, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Upsilon.

    Clubs: Colonnade (University of Virginia).

    Connections

    • Married Lois Camp Bullard, August 25, 1936.
    • father: Henry Woodhouse Davis
    • mother: Margaret Josephine (Wills) Davis
    • spouse: Lois Camp Bullard
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