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Cuba's Wild EastA Literary Geography of Oriente$
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Peter Hulme

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317484

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317170

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Richard Harding Davis in Santiago de Cuba (1897)

Richard Harding Davis in Santiago de Cuba (1897)

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(p.123) Chapter Three Richard Harding Davis in Santiago de Cuba (1897)
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Cuba's Wild East
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317170.005

This chapter discusses Richard Harding Davis' Soldiers of Fortune. Davis has been one of the most famous figures of his time: a popular novelist, foreign correspondent, literary editor and man-about-town. The success of this novel offers balm for Davis' wounded pride. Robert Clay's own modernity in Soldiers of Fortune is indicated by his commitment to work and by his career as an engineer. Frederick Albion Ober, like Davis had previous knowledge of Cuba to draw on. It is Soldiers of Fortune which provides the best clue as to what the Indians of Ober's Under the Cuban Flag, or the Cacique's Treasure really symbolise. This chapter also describes the novels that belong to the genre which marries adventure with romance. Finally, James Street's Mingo Dabney is explored.

Keywords:   Richard Harding Davis, Soldiers of Fortune, Robert Clay, Frederick Albion Ober, Under the Cuban Flag, James Street, Mingo Dabney

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