Born in County Cork and raised primarily in Limerick, Ireland, Fitz-James O'Brien moved to New York City in 1852.
In this column, O'Brien proposes a Dramatic Author's Society and discusses why it is necessary. O'Brien discusses how a Dramatic Author's Society would ensure proper and fair compensation for playwrights, allowing for many to turn writing into a career and improving the quality of American theater while also making sure that writers are not cheated. O'Brien also argues that such a society is necessary for the enforcement of copyrights.
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