Brander Matthews

Lawrence Oliver (Texas A&M University)
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Brander Matthews (1852-1929) was among the most influential American scholars and literary critics of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A professor of dramatic literature at Columbia University (initially Columbia College) from 1892 to 1924, his specialty was the drama. His books such as

French Dramatists of the Nineteenth Century


The Development of the Drama

(1903), and

Shakespere As a Playwright

(1913) helped establish him as, arguably, the leading American authority in his field. Matthews's literary taste was, however, eclectic, and during his long career he published widely on American and British authors. His

An Introduction to the Study of American Literature

, initially published in 1896, was one of the first and most popular textbooks on American…

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Citation: Oliver, Lawrence. "Brander Matthews". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 October 2000 [, accessed 13 April 2024.]

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