EAF Author: Royall Tyler (1757-1826)
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.