Langdon Elwyn Mitchell

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Born: 1862

Died: 1935


Langdon Elwyn Mitchell (1862-1935) was an American playwright, son of S. Weir Mitchell and grandson of John Kearsley Mitchell. He was Born in Philadelphia, he studied in Dresden and Paris, attended the Harvard and Columbia law schools, and was admitted to the New York bar in 1886.

He wrote under the pen name of John Philip Varley, and his plays include:

  • In the Season (London, 1893)
  • Becky Sharp (1899) - a dramatization of Thackeray's Vanity Fair.
  • A Kentucky Belle
  • Step by Step
  • The New Marriage
  • The New York Idea (London, 1907)
  • The Kreutzer Sonata - adapted from the Yiddish of Jacob Gordin.

His books include:

  • Sylvan and Other Poems (1884)
  • Poems (1894)
  • Love in the Backwoods (1896)

Mitchell became a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.

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