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Six tales of fantasy and fact, the latter sourced from myth and historical events, the former from the imagination of author Brander Matthews. Ghost ships, pictures of the past, a comedic homage to Washington Irving and a crime thriller await the reader, with the volume concluded with a note from the author, written in 1896. Matthews wrote more than thirty books on a wide range of subjects, from novels to educational non-fiction, play scripts to biographies. His autobiography, 'These Many Years', appeared in 1917, is a well-told story which offers a fascinating insight into the arts and life in Manhattan circa 1860-1900. 'Tales of Fantasy and Fact' is an engagingly written collection of imaginative fiction from the late Victorian era.
James Brander Matthews (1852 - 1929) was an American writer and educator. He was the first full-time professor of dramatic literature at an Columbia university and played a significant role in establishing theatre as a subject worthy of formal study in the academic world. His interests ranged from Shakespeare, Moliere, and Ibsen to French boulevard comedies, folk theatre, and the new realism of his own day. The Development Of The Drama tells the interesting story of the slow evolution of the drama, from its rude beginnings far back in the forgotten past to the pictoral complexity present at the time of publishing. This early work by Matthews was originally published in 1903 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography.