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  • Edmund Maybank Fuller was an American educator, editor, novelist, historian, and literary critic. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, he was a descendant of the Mayflower pilgrim Samuel Fuller with roots traced back to medieval Norfolkshire. In 1936 he married Ann Rollins Graham. They had two sons and two daughters. Fuller was a man of wide-ranging interests. He directed plays at Longwood Gardens, taught playwriting at the New School for Social Research, and wrote a history of drama for students at the secondary-school level. His biography of Milton is enlivened by novelistic techniques which he justified, in an "Author's Note," by appealing to the example of other biographers from Plutarch on down. This led in 1946 to the most important of his novels, A Star Pointed North, a historical novel based on the life of Frederick Douglass which includes as characters William Lloyd Garrison, John Brown, Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, and his successor as president, Andrew Johnson. Other novels followed: Brothers Divided, The Corridor, and Flight. In the Douglass novel Fuller is said to have "bridged an aching gap in American history."

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