August 18, 1893
Donald Grady Davidson born in Campbellsville, near Pulaski, Tennessee to parents Elma Wells Davidson and Wiliam Bluford Davidson. Both of his parents were teachers - his father a schoolteacher and his mother a piano teacher.
1905 - 1909
Attends and graduates from Branham and Hughes School in Spring Hill, TN.
Begins a B. A. program at Vanderbilt, drops out for financial reasons, returns in 1914.
Davidson teaches at the Cedar Hill Institute in Cedar Hill, Tennessee.
1912 - 1914
Davidson teaches in the rural community of Mooresville.
Returns to Vanderbilt at the age of 21.
Attends George Peabody College for Teachers as a summer student.
1916 - 1917
Teaches in Pulaski, Tennessee where he meets Theresa Sherrer (later to be a legal scholar and artist and Davidson's wife ).
Davidson does not graduate with his class in 1916, but receives his B. A. in absentia from Vanderbilt.
May 1917 - June 1919
Davidson serves in the U. S. Military .
Davidson joins the first officer candidates who leave Vanderbilt for Fort Oglethorpe in May 1917; commissioned 2nd lieutenant in 324th Infantry, 81st Division, U. S. Army.
Lands in Liverpool England.
August 16, 1918
81st Division assembled in Tonnerre France; Davidson sees action in Defensive Sector and Meuse-Argonne offensive; he becomes a first lieutenant .
June 8, 1918
Davidson marries Theresa Sherrer in Greenville, South Carolina while assigned to Camp Sevier.
March 26, 1919
Mary Theresa Davidson born, the only child of Theresa and Donald Davidson (And later Mrs. Eric Bell, Jr. ).
June 7, 1919
Leaves to return to America on the USS Martha Washington and arrives in Charleston, South Carolina in mid June.
Davidson begins work on Master's Thesis on Joseph Conrad at Vanderbilt
August 1919 - 1920
Davidson teaches at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro, Kentucky
Davidson has a job as a reporter for the Evening Tennesseean
Davidson begins a 44 year career in the English Department at Vanderbilt University:
M. A. from Vanderbilt (Master's Thesis on Joseph Conrad)
April 1922 - Dec. 1925
Fugitive magazine published-Davidson co-founder, 1922 and co-editor, 1922-1924
An Outland Piper. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Sept. 7, 1924 - Oct. 26, 1930
Editor of "The Book Review and Literary Page" of The Tennessean and "The Weekly Review-A Page About Books".
Article derived from Davidson's Master's Thesis published in the Spring 1925 issue of the Sewanee Review, "Joseph Conrad's Directed Indirections." Work on the Master's degree was begun in 1919, and the degree awarded 1922.
Poetry Society of South Carolina Southern Prize for "Fire on Belmont Street"
The Tall Men. Boston: Houghton Mifflin
I'll Take My Stand: The South and the Agrarian Tradition. By Twelve Southerners. New York : Harper and Brothers.
Davidson's essay titled " A Mirror for Artists "
Davidson joins the faculty of the Breadloaf School of English of Middlebury College for the summers of 1931 - 1967, Ripton, Vermont.
Culture in the South. Edited by W. T. Couch. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. Davidson contributes the essay " The Trend of Literature."
Who Owns America? A New Declaration of Independence. Edited by Herbert Agar and Allen Tate. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1936 Davidson's essay titled " That This Nation May Endure-The Need for Political Regionalism."
British Poetry of the Eighteen Nineties. New York: Doubleday. Davidson is the editor and author of introduction, notes, and biographical sketches.
The Attack on Leviathan: Regionalism and Nationalism in the United States. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
Lee in the Mountains and Other Poems. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
American Composition and Rhetoric ( textbook). New York: Scribner.
Readings for Composition (textbook ). New York: Scribner. Revised edition, 1957.
The Tennessee Vol. 1, The Old River: Frontier to Secession. New York: Rinehart. Rivers of America Series.
Honorary degree, Litt. D., Cumberland University
Honorary degree, Litt. D., Washington and Lee University
The Tennessee Vol. 2, The New River: Civil War to TVA. New York: Rinehart. Rivers of America Series.
"Singin Billy" - based on a poem by Davidson, music composed by Charles Faulkner Bryan of George Peabody College for Teachers. Produced at Vanderbilt Theater.
(Author of introduction ) Stark Young, So Red the Rose, new edition, Scribner.
Twenty Lessons in Reading and Writing ( textbook ). New York: Scribner.
1955 - 1959
Davidson Chairman of the Tennessee Federation for Constitutional Government.
Fugitive Reunion at Vanderbilt.
Davidson gives the first series of the Eugenia Dorothy Blount Lamar Memorial Lectures at Mercer University in Georgia
(Published as Southern Writers in the Modern World ).
Still Rebels, Still Yankees and Other Essays. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.
Southern Writers in the Modern World ( Eugenia Lamar Memorial Lectures ). Athens: University of Georgia Press.
The Long Street: Poems. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.
The Spyglass: Views and Reviews, 1924 - 1930. Edited by John Tyree Fain. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.
Davidson retires from Vanderbilt after 44 years.
Honorary degree, L. H. D., Middlebury College.
Poems, 1922 - 1961. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
(Editor and author of introduction) John Donald Wade, Selected Essays and Other Writings. Athens: University of Georgia Press.
Reunion of the Agrarians at the University of Dallas; Davidson unable to attend because of failing health.
April 25, 1968
Donald Davidson dies in his home at the age of 74. Funeral service April 27, 1968 in Nashville.
The Literary Correspondence of Donald Davidson and Allen Tate. Edited by John Tyree Fain and Thomas Daniel Young. Athens: University of Georgia Press.
"Singin Billy: A Folk Opera." Text by Donald Davidson; music by Charles Faulkner Bryan. Glendale, S. C.: Foundation for American Education.
The Big Ballad Jamboree. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.
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Appendix A: Poems by Davidson | Appendix B: Literary Career
Appendix C: Fugitives & Agrarians | Appendix D: Photographs
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