William Stearns Davis


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(1877–1930), Massachusetts novelist and scholar, taught at the University of Minnesota (1909–27). Among his scholarly works are Influence of Wealth in Imperial Rome (1910), A Short History of the Near East (1922), Life on a Medieval Barony (1923), and Life in Elizabethan Days (1930). His romantic novels, based on historical study, include A Friend of Cæsar (1900); God Wills It (1902), about the First Crusade; Falaise of the Blessed Voice (1904), concerned with Louis IX; Friar of Wittenberg (1912); Gilman of Redford (1927), a story of the American Revolution; and The Whirlwind (1929), about the French Revolution.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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