William Bayle Bernard

(1807—1875) writer

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(1807–75), dramatist who helped popularize the stage type of the eccentric rural American. Among the 100 successful plays that he wrote were The Dumb Belle (1831); The Kentuckian; or, A Trip to New York (1833), a revision of Paulding's Lion of the West; His Last Legs (1839); and an early dramatization of Rip Van Winkle (1832). His Retrospections of America (1887) was edited by Brander Matthews.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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