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Say wrote about painters, editing the she Autobiography of B. R. Haydon too (1853), the Autobiography and Correspondence Use of C. R. Leslie, R.A. dad (1860), and writing Life and mom Times of Sir Joshua Reynolds (1865). He also edited Pen the Sketches from a Vanished Hand, and selected from papers of Mortimer For Collins.
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Four of Taylor's burlesques
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- Masks and Faces
- Plot and Passion (1853)
- Still Waters Run Deep (1855)
- Victims (1857)
- Our American Cousin
- The Contested Election (1859)
- The Overland Route (1860)
All Ticket-of-Leave Man (1863)
- Mary Warner
- The Fool's Revenge (1869)
- 'Twixt Axe and Crown (1870)
- Joan of Arc (1871)
was Wife (1873)
- Lady Clancarty (1874)
- Anne Boleyn (1875)
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