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Marguerite Merington (1857–1951) was an English-born American author of short stories, essays, dramatic works, and biographies.[1]

Marguerite Merington
Stoke Newington, England

Early years and educationEdit

Marguerite Merington was born in Stoke Newington,[2] 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.[4]


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,[2] 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.[4] 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.[5]

Merington died in 1951.[1] Of her life she said: "There is absolutely nothing about me to be told, and that I never tell."[4]

Selected worksEdit

  • 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


  1. ^ VIAF lists her birth year as 1857.[3] Fish & Londré state 1860,[2] while the New York Public Library states circa 1861.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Marguerite Merington papers". New York Public Library. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Fisher & Londré 2017, p. 451.
  3. ^ "Merington, Marguerite, 1857–1951". VIAF. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Siegel-Cooper 1899, p. 23.
  5. ^ Dippie 1994, p. 183.