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The Scarlet Car
by Richard Harding Davis
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A hundred years ago any trip in an automobile was an adventure Brave and intrepid motorists of the early 20th Century faced appalling roads, mechanical malady and an often hostile populace as they exercised their exciting new machines. The Scarlet Car, written by Richard Harding Davis in 1907, captures the adventure and uncertainty that was a major part of travel in the early automobile. The period prose in his romantic novelette provides often humorous detail about of the rigors of automotive travel carefully woven through the strands of a classic love story. This edition of The Scarlet Car has been published by Demontreville Press, Inc., to commemorate and recognize the 100th anniversary of the beginning of automotive fiction.
To think, he cried, "that a man who could marry--a girl, and then would ask her to wait two months. Or, two days! Two months lost out of his life, and she might die; he might lose her, she might change her mind. Any number of men can be Lieutenant-Governors; only one man can be----"
About the Author
Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916) was the best known war correspondent of the Spanish American War and was considered one of the top journalists of the day. He was also a popular writer of fiction, romance and drama. His work and his life influenced other writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Sinclair Lewis, Jack London and H.L. Mencken. The Scarlet Car is arguably the first example of automotive fiction by a serious author. It was skillfully illustrated by the well-respected artist and illustrator Frederic Dorr Steele (1874-1944) whose simple sketches add an additional dimension to Harding s charming story. The Scarlet Car was originally published by Charles Scribner s Sons in New York in 1908 and stands among the very earliest works about life and adventure with the automobile.
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