Royall Tyler


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born in Boston, after graduation from Harvard (1776) practiced law and helped to suppress Shays's Rebellion. While on a visit to New York City, he saw a production of The School for Scandal, and within three weeks wrote The Contrast (1787), a social comedy contrasting homespun American dignity with the alien foppery of the British, the second play and the first comedy to be written by an American. Tyler wrote other plays, lost and unpublished, a picaresque novel The Algerine Captive (1797), and Yankey in London (1809), a series of letters supposedly written by an American resident in England. Previously uncollected Verse and Prose appeared respectively in 1968 and 1972.

Subjects: Literature.

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