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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Charles Turner Dazey  

Pen Name: Charles Dazey, CT Dazey

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1855, in Lima, Illinois

Died: 1938, in Quincy, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Dazey was born in Lima. He studied at Adams County schools and for a while at Methodist Episcopal College in nearby Quincy. He returned to Quincy a couple of years after marrying his wife.

Biographical and Professional Information

Charles Turner Dazey was an author and playwright.

He attended the state university in Lexington, Kentucky, and graduated from Harvard University in 1881. He edited The Harvard Advocate and was elected poet of his class. While at college his poems were published in The Century Magazine. His comedy Rustication was produced at the Boston Museum while he was a sophomore.

He wrote several plays for Kate Putnam, American King for James O'Neill and The Little Maverick for Maggie Mitchell. His greatest success, In Old Kentucky, was written for Jacob Litt. For over 26 years it had uninterrupted production in America. After writing for Broadway, he wrote for film including Manhattan Madness for Douglas Fairbanks, The Mysterious Client for Mrs. Vernon Castle and Shifting Sands for Gloria Swanson.


Selected Titles At Your Library

In old Kentucky /
ISBN: 1437871003. OCLC Number: 369167715

IndyPublish,. .

The old flute-player :
ISBN: 0665664281. OCLC Number: 150617865

Copp, Clark,. .

Additional Title Information

  • In Old Kentucky, IndyPublish, 2008

  • The Old Flute-Player: A Romance of to-Day, Forgotten Books, 2018


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