Soldiers of Fortune

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This early work by Richard Harding Davis was originally published in 1897 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'Soldiers of Fortune' is a novel featuring the adventures of Robert Clay, a mining engineer and mercenary, caught up in a Latin American coup. Davis attended Lehigh University and Johns Hopkins University, but was asked to leave both due to neglecting his studies in favour socialising. During the Second Boer War in South Africa, Davis was a leading correspondent of the ...
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This early work by Richard Harding Davis was originally published in 1897 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. 'Soldiers of Fortune' is a novel featuring the adventures of Robert Clay, a mining engineer and mercenary, caught up in a Latin American coup. Davis attended Lehigh University and Johns Hopkins University, but was asked to leave both due to neglecting his studies in favour socialising. During the Second Boer War in South Africa, Davis was a leading correspondent of the conflict. He saw the war first-hand from both parties perspectives and documented it in his publication 'With Both Armies' (1900). He wrote widely from locations such as the Caribbean, Central America, and even from the perspective of the Japanese forces during the Russo-Japanese War. Davis died following a heart attack on 11th April, 1916, at the age of 51.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781473321212
  • Publisher: Read Books Design
  • Publication date: 12/9/2014
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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Richard Harding Davis (18 April 1864—11 April 1916) was a writer of fiction and drama, and a journalist who covered the Spanish-American War, the Second Boer War, and the First World War. Davis was born on April 18, 1864. His mother Rebecca Harding Davis was a prominent writer in her day. He made his reputation as a newspaper reporter in May to June 1889, by reporting on the devastation of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, following the infamous flood. He added to his reputation by reporting on other events, like the first electrocution of a criminal (the death of William Kemmler in 1890). Davis became a managing editor of Harper's Weekly, and was one of the world's leading war correspondents at the time of the Second Boer War in South Africa. As an American, he had the unique opportunity to see the war first-hand from both the British and Boer perspectives. Davis also worked as a reporter for the New York Herald, The Times, and Scribner's Magazine. He was popular among the leading writers of his time, and is considered the model for illustrator Charles Dana Gibson's dashing Gibson man, the male equivalent of his famous Gibson Girl. He is also mentioned early in Sinclair Lewis's book Dodsworth as the example of an exciting, adventure-seeking legitimate hero. Source Wikipedia.
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  • Posted July 30, 2013

    I realize this is a reprint from long ago. However that is no e

    I realize this is a reprint from long ago. However that is no excuse for the proof reading. I worked in publishing for 40 years and if an author submitted this to me, it would have gone right in the slush pile. It is nigh unreadable!

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