Lillias Campbell Davidson

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Lillias Campbell Davidson
Lillias Campbell Davidson.jpg
Born1853
Brooklyn, New York
Died1 March 1934
Southsea, Hampshire, England
NationalityAmerican
Occupationwriter
Known foradvocacy for cycling and women's rights

Lillias Campbell Davidson (1853-1934) was an American-born British writer. She founded the Lady Cyclists' Association. In 2018, the New York Times published a belated obituary for her.[1]

Life[edit]

According to Elizabeth Robins Pennell, another American cyclist in London at the same time, Davidson was employed by Bicycling News and the Cyclists' Touring Club Gazette.[2]

She lived for a time with Alice Werner, a teacher of Bantu, and Ménie Muriel Dowie, a British writer of the New Woman school. According to the New York Times:

The writer Ethel F. Heddle novelized their experience in her 1896 book, “Three Girls in a Flat,” in which she described the ambivalent experience when the freedom of living alone collides with “the sordid, matter-of-fact worries incident on having very little money.”[3]

Works[edit]

Non-fiction[edit]

  • Hints to Lady Travellers at Home and Abroad, Iliffe & Son: London, 1889. OCLC 559333779; London: Elliott and Thompson, 2011. ISBN 9781904027911, OCLC 712779100[4]
  • Handbook for Lady Cyclists, Hay Nisbett & Co, c.1896
  • Catherine of Bragança : Infanta of Portugal and Queen-Consort of England, J Murray, 1908; (Classic Reprint), Forgotten Books, 2016 ISBN 1333381026

Fiction[edit]

  • Houses of Clay, S W Partridge, 19-- OCLC 221860707
  • Second Lieutenant Celia, Bliss Sands, 1898
  • For Lack of Love, Horace Marshall & Son, 1900
  • The Theft of a Heart, C Arthur Pearson, 1902
  • The Confessions of a Matchmaking Mother, J F Taylor, 1902. ISBN 9781166235338
  • Purple and Fine Linen, Ward, Lock & Co, 1916
  • A Girl's Battle ... With six illustrations. London, 1933. OCLC 559333726

Serialised[edit]

  • The Twentieth of June, 1887[5]
  • The Young Man from Chicago, 1900[6]
  • Thief and Heiress, 1911[7]
  • The Touchstone, 1912[8]
  • The Marriage Trap: The Story of a Woman's Sin and a Young Man's Folly, 1912[9]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Lillias Campbell Davidson, Who Founded the First Women's Cycling Organization". The New York Times. 2018-03-08. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  2. ^ Robins Pennell, Elizabeth (1894). Ladies in the Field: Sketches of Sport. London: Ward & Downey. p. 264.
  3. ^ "Overlooked No More: Lillias Campbell Davidson, Who Founded the First Women's Cycling Organization". Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  4. ^ Prospero (9 June 2011). "Hints to lady travellers". Economist.
  5. ^ Davidson, Lillias Campbell. "The Twentieth of June". Trove, National Library of Australia. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  6. ^ Davidson, Lillias Campbell. "The Young Man from Chicago". Trove, National Library of Australia. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  7. ^ Davidson, Lillias Campbell. "Thief and Heiress". Trove, National Library of Australia. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  8. ^ Davidson, Lillias Campbell. "The Touchstone". Trove, National Library of Australia. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  9. ^ Davidson, Lillias Campbell. "The Marriage Trap". Trove, National Library of Australia. Retrieved 15 March 2018.

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