Marguerite Merington (1857–1951) was an English-born American author of short stories, essays, dramatic works, and biographies.
Stoke Newington, England
Early years and educationEdit
Marguerite Merington was born in Stoke Newington, England, in 1857,[a] At an early age, she came with her parents to Buffalo, New York where was educated at a convent. Even as a girl, she displayed dramatic talent, and often wrote and acted little parlor plays.
For several years, she was instructor in Greek and Latin in the Normal College in New York. After resigning from this position, Merington pursued the career of a dramatic author. About 1889, E. H. Sothern proposed that Merington should write him a play, the leading character of which should be a captivating Irish gentleman. With a few suggestions from him, the play, Captain Lettarblair was written. It had a trial at an authors' matinee in New York City, and was first presented August 16, 1892, at the Lyceum Theatre. Captain Lettarblair, produced by Daniel Frohman, brought in large audiences and much money, and held a place in Sothern's repertoire. Before it was acted, Joseph Jefferson, who saw the manuscript, praised it highly. Merington wrote other dramas, including Good-Bye, A Lover's Knot, and the libretto of a comic opera, Daphne, or the Pipes of Arcadia. Set to music by Arthur Bird, of London, it gained the prize of US$500 from the New York Conservatory of Music. Having served as the private secretary of Elizabeth Bacon Custer, Merington was the editor of The Custer Story: The LIfe and Intimate Letters of General George A. Custer and His Wife Elizabeth.
- At parting; comedy ...
- The Children's Garden : given in the name of Frances Hodgson Burnett.
- Kindly light; a modern morality play ...
- One life to give; drama in verse founded on the story of Nathan Hale ...
- An everyday man; comedy ...
- Love finds the way; a play ...
- The island; a drama ...
- That little shabby gentleman; comedy ...
- The court of Ferrara; a dialogue ...
- Pepilia; comedy ...
- "Good-bye!" A story of love and sacrifice ...
- The musical isle ...
- The key to the house; play ...
- Drum and fife parade ...
- "Captain Lettarblair"; a drama in three acts
- Old orchard ... called Rose Valley in Chicago Production.
- Daphne, or, The pipes of Arcadia : three acts of singing nonesense , 1896
- The right ending : one-act sketch in blank verse for three persons, two men and one woman--, 19??
- Late Dyal & Co.; a farce-comedy in three acts., 19??
- Cranford; a play; a comedy in three acts made from Mrs. Gaskell's famous story., 1905
- The turn of the tide : a play in four acts, 1905
- The lady in the adjoining room : one-act play, 1905
- Snow-white : a play for children , 1905
- The Gibson play a two-act comedy based on Mr. Charles Dana Gibson's series of cartoons "A widow and her friends" originally printed in "Life,", 1901
- Scarlett of the Mounted ... Illustrated., 1906
- Picture plays, 1911
- More fairy tale plays, 1917
- Fairy tale plays, 1925
- Story of the Custer massacre, now fifty years past, is retold by widow of famous Indian fighter , 1926
- A Dish o' Tea Delayed. One-act play for high school girls, etc., 1937
- Edwin Booth; sketch for a cinema; sequence of scenes and dialogue,, 194?
- Booth episodes; play in eight episodes, nine scenes, founded on the life of Edwin Booth. , 1944
- The Custer story : the life and intimate letters of General George A. Custer and his wife Elizabeth, 1950
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Siegel-Cooper (1899). "American Women Play-Wrights, by Esther Singleton". Book Notes: A Monthly Literary Magazine and Review of New Books (Public domain ed.). Siegel-Cooper.
- Dippie, Brian W. (1994). Custer's Last Stand: The Anatomy of an American Myth. University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0-8032-6592-1.
- Fisher, James; Londré, Felicia Hardison (22 November 2017). Historical Dictionary of American Theater: Modernism. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN 978-1-5381-0786-7.