Fitch, Clyde, 1865-1909Variant names
William Clyde Fitch (1865-1909), American playwright.
From the description of Nathan Hale : an original play in four acts, [circa 1897] / by Clyde Fitch. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702202011
From the description of Grace de Granmont : holograph play script, 1893. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 163614397
1886 graduate of Amherst College. American playwright best known for plays of social satire and character study and notable for having four of his plays running concurrently on Broadway. He went on to write and produce thirty-six original plays, twenty-one adaptations, and five dramatizations of novels in a twenty-year period. Born in Elmira, New York, and spent part of his childhood in Schenectady. At Amherst College, Fitch was active in dramatic productions. He died on September 4, 1909, one week after an operation for appendicitis, in Chal̂ons-sur-Marne, France.
From the description of Fitch papers, 1867-1986 (bulk 1883-1909). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 50021147
Clyde Fitch (1865-1909) was an American playwright.
From the description of Clyde Fitch papers, 1887-1904. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 86164267
From the guide to the Clyde Fitch papers, 1887-1904, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)
From the description of Barbara Freitchie : the Frederick girl, a comedy in four acts : autograph manuscript signed, . (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270479372
From the description of Papers of Clyde Fitch 1890-1908. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 32135324
W. Clyde Fitch (AC 1886) was a prolific and highly successful American playwright best known for plays of social satire and character study. Notable for having four of his plays running concurrently on Broadway, he went on to write and produce, in a twenty-year period, thirty-six original plays, twenty-one adaptations, and five dramatizations of novels. His name alone was enough to draw large audiences, and his works were produced throughout the United States and in Europe as well. He was the first American dramatist to be regularly produced abroad. The critic and scholar William Lyon Phelps wrote in 1921, "when [Fitch] began to write, American drama scarcely existed; when he died it was reality.... He did more for American drama than any other man in our history."
William Clyde Fitch was born in Elmira, New York on May 2, 1865. He spent part of his childhood in Schenectady, New York, and attended the Holderness School, Plymouth, New Hampshire, before attending Amherst College. At Amherst he was known among his classmates as "Billy" (after his given name William, which he later dropped) and was active in dramatic productions; his literary publications in college were mainly verse, including his Grove Oration speech in 1886. His first successful play, Beau Brummel (1890), was written especially for the actor Richard Mansfield. Subsequent plays of that period were largely melodramas and historical works that were less successful than his comedies of the early 1900s, including The Climbers (1901), Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines (1901), The Girl with the Green Eyes (1902), The Truth (1907) and The City (1909). However, the popularity of his works on the stage barely exceeded his own lifetime.
Fitch was an avid collector of books, antiques and art, with which he filled his home at 113 East 40th St., New York City (a residence that, for a time, was one of New York's most famous salons), as well as at his other homes at Katonah, New York; and Greenwich, Connecticut. The "Clyde Fitch Memorial Room" in Converse Hall at Amherst College was a gift to the College from Fitch's mother. It contained many of the furnishings and most of the books that were in his study in New York City.
Clyde Fitch died on September 4, 1909, one week after an operation for appendicitis in Châlons-sur-Marne, France, at age 44.
From the guide to the W. Clyde Fitch Collection, 1867-1986, 1883-1909, (Amherst College Archives and Special Collections)
Biographical Note: Clyde Fitch was an American playwright.
He was born in Elmira, New York in 1865 and graduated from Amherst College. Fitch wrote romantic historical dramas that were appealing the the public's taste for melodrama. Fitch's first play, "Beau Brummel," was performed in New York City in 1890 and was an immediate success. His later works which included Barbara Frietchie (1899)," The Climbers (1901)," and "The Girl with Green Eyes (1902)" and were among the most popular dramatic productions at the turn of the 20th century. Clyde Fitch died in 1909.
From the description of Clyde Fitch collection, 1909. (Johns Hopkins University). WorldCat record id: 48394088
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