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(James) Brander Matthews

New York

"MATTHEWS, (James) Brander, b. New Orleans, La., 21 Feb., 1852. Graduated from Columbia University, 1871, and from its law school, 1873, receiving also its degree of A.M., 1874. He was admitted to the N.Y. bar, but has devoted himself to letters and the drama, and is an authority on French dramatic literature. In 1892 he became a member of the Faculty at Columbia, and is one of its professors in literature. A founder of the Authors Club, and of the Dunlap Society, and prominent in the organization of the American Copyright Lege. He has for some years been active with his pen in the defence and maintenance of the national quality in American literature. Prof. Matthews is the author of many works of criticism, fiction, and of plays, but has written little in verse-form. His novels have to do with real life. His comedy 'Peter Stuyvesant,' written in collaboration with Bronson Howard, was produced in New York, in 1899. He is an accomplished bibliophile . . . ."

[Edmund Clarence Stedman (ed.), An American Anthology 1787-1899 809 (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1900)]

Brander Matthews
The Columbia Encyclopedia (6th ed., 2001)

Brander Matthews

Drama Critics


Brander Matthews (ed.), Ballads of Books (New York: George C. Coombes, 1886) [online text]


Brander Matthews, These Many Years: Recollections of a New York (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1917) [online text]

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Brander Matthews, An Introduction to the Study of American Literature (New York: American Book Company, 1896)

______________, Aspects of Fiction, and Other Ventures in Criticism (New York : Harper & Bros., 1896) [online text]

______________, French Dramatists of the Nineteenth Century (New York: Charles Scribner's, 3rd ed., 1901) [online text] (New York: B. Blom 1968)

______________, The Historical Novel, and Other Essays (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1901)

______________, The Development of the Drama (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1903)

______________, Recreations of an Anthologist (New York: Dodd, Mead, & Co., 1904) [online text] (Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press, 1967)

______________, The Short-story: Specimens illustrating its development (New York: American Book Company, 1907) [online text]

______________, Inquiries and Opinions (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1908) [online text]

______________, A Study of the Drama (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1910) [online text]

_______________, Molière, His Life and His Works (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1910)

_______________, A Study of Versification (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1911)

_______________, Shakspere as a Playwright (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1913) [online text]

_______________ (ed.), The Oxford Book of American Essays (New York: Oxford University Press, 1914) [online text]

_______________ (ed.), The Chief European Dramatists: Twenty-one plays from the drama of Greece, Rome, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Denmark, and Norway, from 500 B.C. to 1879 A.D. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916)(1924)(Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1944)

______________, A Book about the Theater (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1916)

_______________, These Many Years, Recollections of a New Yorker (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1917)

________________ (ed.), Papers on Playmaking (New York: Hill and Wang,1957)

________________ (ed.), Papers on Acting (New York: Hill and Wang 1958)

________________ Playwrights on Playmaking, and Other Studies of the Stage (Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press, 1967)