Nebraska Authors

Robert H Davis

AKA: Robert Hobart Clarkson

Born 1869-03-23 Brownville, NE (USA)

Died 1942-10-11
Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

Son of the Reverend George Ransome Davis and Silvia Nichols Davis who came to Nebraska from New England to do missionary work among the Native Americans. Sitting Bull and Thunder Cloud were among their parishioners. Robert Davis is known for helping many authors get started with their writing careers; he is especially known for "discovering" O. Henry and offering him a writing contract.

Places Lived

Brownville, NE
Carson City, NV
San Francisco, CA
New York, NY
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Play/Screenplay


Biography; Plays; Reminiscences


Educated at Carson City, NV


War Correspondent
Editorial Executive
Writer of the popular column: Davis Reveals

Places Worked

New York Sun
San Francisco Chronicle
Munsey's Magazine


On Sept. 13, 1926, he interviewed Benito Mussolini in Rome for the Associated News Press, and was made an honorary life member of that organization.


The Stevenson Society
Lotos Club
Overseas Press Club


Caliph of Baghdad. 1931. (With Arthur Bartlett Maurice)
Tree Toad. 1935.
The Family. (play, rewritten into novel form by Edward Marshall)
The Welcher. (play)
Efficiency and Laughter. (play, with Perley Poore Sheehan)
Ruby Roberts Alias Bob Fitzsimmons. 1926.
Over My Left Shoulder. 1926.
Autobiography of a Small Boy. Man Makes His Own Mask. 1932.
The More I Admire Dogs--True Tales of Man's Best Friend.
People, People Everywhere.
Also authored a series of volumes on his travels abroad.

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