Robert Dunlap (playwright)

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Robert Dunlap (1766-1839) was an American artist, historian and playwright. He was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey on 1 February 1766. In his lifetime he wrote more than 60 plays.

The majority of his plays were adaptations or translations from French or German works, although some were original; several were based on American themes and had American characters. He was the first of a long line of dramatists of the American theater.

Among his earliest works were:

  • The Father (1789)
  • Andre (1798)
  • The Stranger (1798)
  • False Shame (1799)
  • The Virgin of the Sun (1800)

He continued produce plays until 1828.

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