Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Golden mss., 1886-1899, are plays of William Echard M. Golden, 1865-1930, dramatist and educator.

Career: born, June 9, 1865, in New Harmony, Indiana, the son of Martin and Emma Isabella (Llewellyn) Golden, who both acted on the American stage. William Echard M. Golden taught in New York and was principal of the Polytechnic Institute of that city. He was the author of various plays, written and produced in the latter part of the 19th and the first part of the 20th century, and also wrote A brief English grammar, which was published in 1911.

Golden's plays in the collection include the first two acts of Beatrice, a comedy in three acts, performed in 1866, with his parents in the leading roles; the last four acts of Benedict Arnold, a play in five acts; Cousin Margaret, a comedy in four acts; Hortense, a comedy in a prologue and three acts, 1886; an incomplete typescript with holograph corrections of A Modern Minotaur, a play in four acts; The Prince of Mantua, a romantic drama in four acts, written in 1899, and first performed at the Empire Theatre in New York on December 5, 1901; and A Talented Family, a farcical comedy in three acts.

The collection also contains a dramatization by Frances Llewellyn Golden, 1877-1963, actress and sister of William Echard M. Golden, of Edward Lawrence Dudley's The Immutable Law. The Immutable Law appeared in Collier's weekly, XLVIII; 20, March 16, 1912, under the title Between the Lines.

The first folder in the collection contains biographical information on the Golden family.

Collection size: 10 items

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