H.L. Davis (18 October, 1894 – 31 October, 1960) was a poet, novelist and short stories writer. Born in Oregon he lived in California and Texas. Davis’ books are not the typical romantic “western” fiction but are more realistic and ironic
- The H.L. stands for Harold Lenoir.
- Davis’ father was the country assessor and in 1912 Davis became his deputy holding that position off and on.
- After he graduated high school Davis has saved $1,500 and went to study in Stanford University. However, upon arrival he discovered that $1,500 won’t even be enough for one semester.
- Davis held multiple short-term jobs including a railroad timekeeper, a banker and various jobs with Pacific Power and Light.
- Davis’ first published poems, known together as Primapara, were published in Poetry magazine (1919) and won the magazine’s Levinson Prize of $200.
- Davis was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1932, he moved to Jalisco, Mexico where he concentrated on his writing for 2 years.
- In Mexico he completed Honey in the Horn which received the Harper Prize (Best Novel, 1935) and the Pulitzer Prize.
- To this day Davis is the only author born in Oregon to receive the Pulitzer.
- Davis and his wife bought a ranch in Napa, CA where he made a living writing short stories to several magazines, among them The Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s.
- Davis’ left leg was amputated as a result of arteriosclerosis.
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