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Brander Matthews (1852–1929)

Matthews, (James) Brander. An American critic and essayist; born in New Orleans, LA, Feb. 21, 1852; died in 1929. He graduated from Columbia College in 1871, and from Columbia Law School in 1873, being admitted to the bar the same year. He soon turned to literature, taking especial interest in the drama, and made himself an authority upon French dramatic literature; also wrote several clever comedies, short studies of New York City life in the realistic vein and a novel of New York life, ‘His Father’s Son’ (1895). Of his many writings the following books are the more important: ‘The Theatres of Paris’ (1880); ‘French Dramatists of the Nineteenth Century’ (1881); ‘Americanisms and Briticisms’ (1892); ‘Vignettes of Manhattan’; ‘Introduction to the Study of American Literature’ (1896); and ‘Development of the Drama’ (1903); ‘A Study of the Drama’ (1910); ‘Molière’ (1910); ‘Shakespeare as a Playwright’ (1913); ‘A Book About the Theatre’ (1916); ‘These Many Years’ (1917). (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).