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MATTHEWS, Brander, author, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, 21 February, 1852. He was graduated at Columbia in 1871, at the law-school in 1873, and was admitted to the bar in the same year, but engaged in literature, at first turning his attention to the drama. He has contributed freely to periodicals, and has at times used the pseudonym "Arthur Penn." He was one of the founders of the New York authors club, and also took a conspicuous part in organizing the American copyright league and the Dunlap society. He has published "The Theatres of Paris" (New York, 1880) ; "French Dramatists of the Nineteenth Century" (1881); "The Home Library," by Arthur Penn (1883);" In Partnership," with H. C. Bunner (1884) ; "The Last Meeting" (1885) : "A Secret of the Sea" (1886) ; and "Pen and Ink: Essays on Subjects of More or Less importance" (1888). His plays include "Margery's Lovers," a comedy, played at the London court theatre in 1884, and in New York, 1887 ; "A Gold Mine," a comedy, with George H. Jessop (Memphis, 1887); and "This Picture and That," a comedy (New York, 1887). He has edited "Comedies for Amateur Acting" (New York, 1879) ; "The. Rhymester," by Arthur Penn, and " Poems of American Patriotism " (1882) ; "Sheridan's Comedies," with a life of their author (1884) ; "Ballads of Books" (1886) : and " Actors and Actresses of Great Britain and the United States," with Laurence Hutton (5 vols., 1886); and John Bernard's " Retrospections of America," with Laurence Hutton; and William Dunlap's "Andre," for the Dunlap society (1887).
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