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In Old Kentucky: a Play in Four Acts

Charles Turner Dazey (1855-1938) was an American playwright. He wrote many poems and plays, but his most successful was In Old Kentucky, which he wrote for Chicago theater producer Jacob Litt.

The collection contains a bound autograph manuscript written in the vernacular and ink. An inscription inside the manuscript states: "The play, In Old Kentucky, was written by Charles T. Dazey ... It was produced by Jacob [Litt] and was performed on the regular stage for 27 consecutive seasons..." The play is about a Kentucky mountain girl who wins the heart of a young aristocrat by racing a horse. A note on the title page indicates that the manuscript is "corrected and amended by the author."