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Paul M. Potter

Paul Meredith Potter (June 3, 1853 - March 7, 1921) was an American playwright and journalist, best known for adapting the popular novel Trilby into a stage play.

Potter was born Walter Arthur McLean in Brighton, England in 1853. His where his father was headmaster of King Edward's School in Bath. He adopted the name Paul Potter after traveling to India upon graduating from school. He became the foreign editor for the New York Herald in 1876, and later their London correspondent. In 1885 he became the Herald's drama critic, and in 1888, he left the Herald to join the Chicago Tribune.

Potter's first play was The City Directory (1889), following by a string of additional plays, including the adaptation of Trilby.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 3rd, 1853, Died March 7th, 1921

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1913

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-12909 10-in. 2/14/1913 Rose of yesterday Olive Kline Female vocal solo, with orchestra lyricist  
Victor C-12920 12-in. 2/17/1913 Gems from The man with three wives Victor Light Opera Company Vocal chorus and soloists, with orchestra lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Potter, Paul M.," accessed August 3, 2021,

Potter, Paul M.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 3, 2021, from

"Potter, Paul M.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 August 2021.

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