- (1880-1967)Born in Paterson, New Jersey, the playwright graduated from Columbia University and got his first New York production, both in 1902. That play, The Cavalier (with Paul Kester), initiated a string of successes, some written in collaboration. With Guy Bolton, he wrote his two best-known plays: Polly with a Past (1917) and Adam and Eva (1919). The prolific author had 15 volumes of published works, with five plays produced by David Belasco. From 1942 to 1958, Middleton also worked in the United States Copyright office, specializing in alien property. He held a number of offices, including president of the Dramatists Guild (1927-1929) and honorary vice president of an international playwrights confederation (1929).
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