DAVIS, MARY EVELINA MOORE, 1844-1909

Biography:

Writer; editor, socialite. Born– April 12, 1844 in White Plains, Benton County (became Calhoun County, 1858).  Parents– John and Marian Lucinda (Crutchfield) Moore. Married– Thomas Edward Davis, October 20, 1874.  Educated at home by her mother and intermittently at local schools in Alabama and Texas, where her family moved in 1855. Continued her education as an adult by studying music, French, and other subjects with tutors. Employed as “second assistant” teacher at Professor Hand’s Charnwood School in Tyler, Texas, 1860-61.  Began publishing poems on patriotic and other themes in Texas newspapers in the 1860′s; published her first volume of poetry in 1867. Wrote fiction and poetry throughout her life; employed as an editor on the New Orleans Picayune.  Moved to New Orleans in 1879 with her husband, editor of the New Orleans Times and later editor-in-chief of the New Orleans Picayune; maintained a literary salon at her home on Royal Street. Died January 1, 1909.

Source;

Dictionary of American Biography; American Authors and Books; Who Was Who in Alabama.

Publications;

Antiques: A Rare Collection from Old Creole Families.  New Orleans:  A. H. Thiberge Printing Co., 1894.

A Bunch of Roses.  Boston: Small, Maynard, and Co., 1903.

A Christmas Masque of Saint Roch.  Chicago: McClurg, 1896.

An Elephant’s Track, and Other Stories.  New York:  Harper, 1897.

In War Times at La Rose Blanche.  Boston:  D. Lathrop Co., 1888.

Jaconetta: Her Loves.  Boston:  Houghton, 1901.

The Little Chevalier.  Boston:  Houghton, 1903.

Minding the Gap, and Other Poems.  Houston:  Cushing and Co., 1867.

The Moons of Balbanca.. Boston: Houghton, 1908.

Poems.  Houston:  E. H. Cushing, 1872.

The Price of Silence. Boston:  Houghton, 1907.

The Queen’s Garden.  Boston: Houghton, 1900.

Selected Poems. New  Orleans:  Green Shutter Book Shop, 1927.

The Wire Cutters.  Boston: Houghton, 1899.