George Washington Parke Custis


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(1781–1857), grandson of Martha Washington, was a Virginia planter who wrote historical plays as an avocation, and as a so-called kindness to “poor rogues of actors.” Some of his works are The Indian Prophecy, a National Drama in Two Acts, Founded on …the Life of George Washington (1827), Pocahontas (1830), The Railroad (1830), North Point (1833), and The Eighth of January (1834). He also wrote Recollections and Private Memoirs of Washington (1859, greatly enlarged 1860).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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