About Christopher (Kit) Davis
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Christopher Davis was born in Philadelphia, PA, in 1928 and raised there. He was educated at public schools; at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Institute; at the Art Students League in New York; at the Barnes Art Foundation in Philadelphia; at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome; and at the University of Pennsylvania (junior year Phi Beta Kappa, BA degree).

His father was the Philadelphia labor lawyer Edward Davis. His mother, Josephine Blitzstein Davis, was a social activist. His uncle was Marc Blitzstein, the American composer. His brother Stephen is a retired banking lawyer who now teaches law. He is the father of four daughters--Kirby Bosley, Katherine Davis, Emily Davis and Sarah Davis. He is married to Sally Warner, the artist and children's book author, with whom he lives in Altadena, California.

Davis has taught creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania; at Bowling Green State University in Ohio; at Drexel University in Philadelphia; at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania; at Rider College in New Jersey; and, from 1977 to 1995, at Bryn Mawr College. He is Senior Lecturer in the Arts emeritus from Bryn Mawr College.

He has published eleven novels, three books of non-fiction, a book for children, and numerous articles and short stories in magazines such as Esquire, Holiday, Travel & Leisure, and The Pennsylvania Gazette. His short story "A Man of Affairs" was an O'Henry prize story and was the basis for a play produced by the Actors Theater of Louisville. His novels have been published in England, Sweden, Germany, France, Norway, Denmark, Italy and Holland as well as the United States. His novel Lost Summer was adapted for the stage under the title "There was a little Girl" and produced on Broadway with Jane Fonda in the principal role. His adaptation to the stage of his novel A Peep Into the 20th Century was given staged readings at the Long Wharf Theater and at the Annenberg Theater, and was produced first by the Seattle Repertory Company, and later by the Philadelphia Festival of new plays. The text has been published by Plays in Process, Volume Ten Number Eight.

The following books by Davis have not been reprinted but are available via internet bookstores:

A Kind of Darkness, novel, 1962

Sad Adam-Glad Adam, for children, 1966

The Shamir of Dachau, novel, 1968

The Producer, nonfiction, 1972

Davis, whose initial training was in visual art, has maintained a parallel work-life in painting and sculpture and has devoted himself to sculpture full-time since 1995. Examples of his work and related material may be seen in this website in the section titled Sculpture.

Davis has held a Guggenheim fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts grant. He has been in residence at the artists' colony Yaddo in 1978, 1979, 1981, and 1986; and at Villa Montalvo, California, in 1989.

Since the publication of his novel A Peep Into the 20th Century in 1971, Davis has been an activist in the cause of the abolition of capital punishment in the United States.

Biographical entries may be seen in Contemporary Authors and Who's Who in America.

The Christopher Davis Collection of manuscripts and other papers is housed in Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.

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