Potter, Paul M.

(1853-1921)
   Born Walter McEwen (or McLean) in Brighton, England, Paul M. Potter changed his name and left his homeland for the United States after a journalistic scandal forced his departure. He worked as a newspaperman in Chicago before turning to playwriting. Potter achieved modest success with The City Director and The Ugly Duckling (coauthored by A. D. Gordon), both in 1890. His first major hit was an adaptation of George Du Maurier's Trilby (1895). Then came The Conquerors (1898), Under Two Flags (1901), The Honor of the Family (1908), The Girl from Rector's (1909), and the books and/or lyrics for several musicals.

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