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Early American Fiction Collection

EAF Author: Royall Tyler (1757-1826)

Works in the Collection      Biographies

Royall Tyler was born in Boston and graduated from Harvard in 1776. Tyler became the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Vermont in 1800. In 1786, his play The Contrast became the first American play to be acted on a regular basis by established comedians, and this was followed on the stage by May Day, or New York in an Uproar and The Georgia Speculator, or Land in the Moon . His fictitious memoir The Algerine Captive; or the Life and Adventures of Doctor Updike Underhill: Six Years a Prisoner among the Algerines went through at least two editions.

Works in the EAF Collection

The Algerine Captive; or, The Life and Adventures of Doctor Updike Underhill, Six Years a Prisoner among the Algerines (1797) [Volume 1] [Volume 2] (Restricted)

The Yankey in London: Being the First Part of a Series of Letters Written by an American Youth, during Nine Months Residence in the City of London (1809) (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)