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Relationships of Wilkins, Edward (Ned)

To explore the relationships between the various bohemian writers and artists who frequented Pfaff's bar, select a person or group, and then select a relationship type. This section of the site is currently under construction; new content is being added on a regular basis.

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Beach, Juliette H. (1829-1900)

Bellew, Frank Henry Temple (1828-1888)

Bellew published a cartoon in the Picayune which depicted Edward G. P. Wilkins, John Brougham, Boucicault, Cornelius Matthew, Charles Gayler, Fitz-James O'Brien, and Benjamin A. Baker as "playwrights registering their dramatic works before the first copyright law went into effect."

Clare, Ada (1836-1874)

E. G. P. Wilkins described Clare as "the Queen" of Bohemia, "the only free community on the face of the earth."

Gunn, Thomas Butler (1826-1904)

Gunn journals about Wilkin's death and reflects on his life, who he said that he met once.

Heron, Matilda (1830-1877)

Whitman, Walt (1819-1892)

Whitman mentions in a notebook having run into Wilkins at Ada Clare's home.

Winter, William (1836-1917)

Winter met Wilkins when he was associated with "The New York Herald."


Fiske, Stephen Ryder (1840-1916)

Fiske replaced Edward Wilkins as dramatic critic at the Herald and suggested that Wilkins reviewed productions without actually attending them.

Gayler, Charles (1820-1892)

Edward G. P. Wilkins accused Gayler of copying his play Many a Slip Twixt the Cup and the Lip from the French drama Les Crochets du Pere Martin. Gayler claimed he had never seen the French play and that his drama was written earlier.


Booth, Edwin (1833-1893)

Like Clapp, Wilkins reviewed Booth harshly, and thought that his acting was lacking. Wilkins felt that he had the "true fire of genius" but needed time to cultivate it.

Edward G. P. Wilkins felt that Booth had "the true fire of genius which needs but time, industry, and study to place its possessor in the very rank of living tragedians."

Brougham, John (1810-1880)

Under the name "Personne," Wilkins wrote frequently about Brougham's theatrical endeavors for the Saturday Press.

Clapp, Henry Jr. (1814-1875)

Clapp and Wilkins are cited as the "organizers" the "much wondered at, admired, and sought after" group of Bohemians.

Wilkins was Clapp's chief assistant at the Saturday Press. Wilkins also wrote "a series of free dramatic and musical criticisms that were much too independent for the Herald under the pen name "Personne" in the Saturday Press. Clapp and Wilkins are cited as the "organizers" of the "much wondered at, admired, and sought after" group of Bohemians.

Clare, Ada (1836-1874)

The article mentions that she, Ned Wilkins, "and the bucket of beer which Clapp used to carry into the office every afternoon" assisted Winter with the dramatic criticisms for the Saturday Press.

Curtis, George William (1824-1892)

Edward Wilkins' ability to combine "society gossip and theatrical chit-chat in an amusing style" was reminiscent of Curtis's contributions to Harper's.

Keene, Laura (1826-1873)

Edward G. P. Wilkins' first dramatic effort, My Wife's Mirror was performed at Laura Keene's Varieties in 1856. Keene played the part of Mrs. Racket in the production, which ran for two weeks straight (52-53). Wilkins' second work, Young New York opened in 1856 at Keene's new theater, where she once again played the female lead (53). He also "launched a campaign to expose what he called 'fillibusters' -- plagiarized scripts which kept being passed off as originals," which in the February 12, 1857, edition of the Saturday Press he chastised Laura Keene for "presenting three such pieces in one month" (57).

The first performance of Wilkin's play, My Wife's Mirror, occurred for Laura Keene's benefit on May 10, 1856. His play, Young New York, was performed at Laura Keene's new theater.

In 1856, Laura Keene produced and acted in Wilkins's Young New York.

O'Brien, Fitz-James (1826-1862)

O'Brien, along with John Brougham, Edward G. P. Wilkins, and Mark Smith formed "The Bees" in 1856 (44).

Winter, William (1836-1917)

Discusses how Wilkins and Winter worked together at the Saturday Press: "the days when he wrote the dramatic criticisms of the Press, assisted by Ned Wilkins, Ada Clare, and the bucket of beer which Clapp used to carry into the office every afternoon."