Henry Sydnor Harrison


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(1880–1930), born in Tennessee, graduated from Columbia, and served on the staff of the Richmond Times-Dispatch (1900–1910). His later life was devoted mainly to fiction, the best of his seven novels being Queed (1911) and V.V.'s Eyes (1913). The first, dramatized by Gilbert Emery (1921), is a complacently realistic story of American city life, concerned with a young “revolutionary sociologist” whose conviction of his mission in life is broken by contact with actuality when he becomes a newspaper reporter. V.V.'s Eyes, about an enthusiastic young doctor, V. Vivian, who attempts to reform the selfish daughter of a factory owner, includes pleas for improved factory conditions, child-labor legislation, and women's rights.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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