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Early American Fiction Collection

EAF Author: Richard Penn Smith (1790-1854)

Works in the Collection      Biographies

Born in Philadelphia and trained as a lawyer, Richard Penn Smith edited the Aurora from 1822-1827 and wrote The Forsaken, a novel of the American Revolution, which was published in 1831. He also wrote two volumes of short stories, entitled The Actress of Padua and other Tales, and fifteen plays, including Caius Marius, William Penn, and The Water Witch.


Works in the EAF Collection

The Actress of Padua, and Other Tales (1836) [Volume 1] [Volume 2] (Restricted)

The Forsaken: A Tale (1831) [Volume 1] [Volume 2] (Restricted)

Contemporary Biographies

From Oscar Fay Adams, A Dictionary of American Authors (1901)

From Samuel Austin Allibone, A Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1900)

From Evert A. Duyckinck, Cyclopaedia of American Literature (1856)