Clyde Brion Davis


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(1894–1962), born in Nebraska, served on various newspapers (1919–37) until he began to write novels, which include The Anointed (1937), the story of a sailor who considers himself divinely inspired, but, ironically, becomes a grocery clerk when caught in the web of marriage; The Great American Novel (1938), about a roving newspaperman who dreams vainly of the novel he means to write, unaware that his own life is the great American novel; Nebraska Coast (1939), about a typical, unheroic pioneer; Follow the Leader (1942), satirizing a war hero who becomes a businessman; The Rebellion of Leo McGuire (1944), about a reformed burglar; The Stars Incline (1946), a study of a newspaperman; Jeremy Bell (1947), set in a 19th-century lumber camp; Temper the Wind (1948), about a prizefighter; Playtime Is Over (1949), about an ex-soldier of fortune; Thudbury (1952); The Newcomer (1954); Unholy Uproar (1957); and The Big Pink Kite (1960). The Arkansas (1940) is a history of the river; The Age of Indiscretion (1950) contains reminiscences; and Something for Nothing (1956) studies gambling. Shadow of a Tiger (1963) is a quasi-autobiographical novel.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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