Bird, Robert Montgomery, 1806-1854

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Philadelphia editor and playwright.

From the description of ALS : to Richard Penn Smith, 1834 Nov. 5. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122525043

Robert Montgomery Bird was an American author and dramatist. Born in New Castle, Delaware, Bird experienced hardship as a child, but graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and became a physician. His literary aspirations led him to write poetry and drama, and he experienced early success as a playwright. Bird went on to write novels, specializing in frontier stories and, despite achieving both critical and popular success, struggled to earn a living as a writer. He taught briefly at the Pennsylvania Medical College, worked as an editor, and continued to write. He is perhaps best remembered for Nick of the Woods, a frontier adventure whose title character had a dual personality.

From the description of Robert Montgomery Bird letter and acting copy of adaptation of Nick of the woods, 1839-circa 1900. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 85869602

Robert Montgomery Bird was a Philadelphia author of the early nineteenth century; his works include The Gladiator and Nick of the Woods. He complemented his literary career with drawing, painting, photography, and musical composition; he was also a professor of medicine, an editor, a farmer, and a politician.

From the description of Robert Montgomery Bird papers, 1822-1946 (bulk 1822-1854). (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 155905145

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creatorOf Robert Montgomery Bird letters, 1838, 1847 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Bird, Robert Montgomery, 1806-1854. Nick of the Woods [manuscript], 1838. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Bird, Robert Montgomery, 1806-1854. Robert Montgomery Bird letter and acting copy of adaptation of Nick of the woods, 1839-circa 1900. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Clayton, John M. (John Middleton), 1796-1856. John M. Clayton papers, 1798-1868 (bulk 1819-1850). Library of Congress
creatorOf Bird, Robert Montgomery, 1806-1854. Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1843, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Robert Montgomery Bird Collection, [1838] University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
referencedIn Samuel George Morton Papers, 1819-1850 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Carey, Lea & Blanchard. Correspondence, 1823-1849. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn The Robert Cushman Butler Collection of Theatrical Illustrations Washington State University Libraries: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
creatorOf Bird, Robert Montgomery, 1806-1854. The gladiator : a tragedy in 5 acts / by Dr. Robert Montgomery Bird; copied from the mss. of John McCullough, that from the mss. of Edwin Forrest, 188-? Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Bird, Robert Montgomery, 1806-1854. ALS : to Richard Penn Smith, 1834 Nov. 5. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Bird, Robert Montgomery, 1806-1854. Robert Montgomery Bird papers, 1822-1946 (bulk 1822-1854). University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Morton, Samuel George, 1799-1851. Papers, 1819-1850. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn John M. Clayton Papers, 1798-1868, (bulk 1819-1850) Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
referencedIn Literary Manuscripts collection, 1666-1990 Free Library of Philadelphia: Rare Book Department
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associatedWith Bird, Frederic Mayer, 1838-1908. person
associatedWith Bird, Mary E., 1809-1868. person
associatedWith Carey, Lea & Blanchard. corporateBody
correspondedWith Clayton, John M. (John Middleton), 1796-1856. person
associatedWith Downing, Robert L. person
associatedWith Forrest, Edwin, 1806-1872. person
associatedWith Foust, Clement Edgar. person
associatedWith Free Library of Philadelphia. corporateBody
associatedWith Harley, George Washington. person
associatedWith Mack, Joseph H., 1849-1892. person
associatedWith MacLean, Robert D. person
associatedWith Medina, L. H. (Louisa H.), 1814 or 15-1838. person
associatedWith Morton, Samuel George, 1799-1851. person
associatedWith Smith, Richard Penn, 1799-1854, person
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Theater 19th century
Male authors, American--19th century--Correspondence
Playwriting--19th century
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Birth 1806-02-05

Death 1854-01-23

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