James Ralph Bibliography

The Fashionable Lady 1730
A ballad-opera, the first play by an American to appear on the London stage. Ralph was probably born in New Jersey. He accompanied Benjamin Franklin to London in 1724. In imitation of James Thomson he published the blank-verse poems The Tempest and Night in 1727. He was employed as political writer and liaison officer by Bubb Dodington and Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales and was given a pension by the Pelham ministry to purchase his silence. Author of The History of England (1744, 1746) and The Case of Authors by Profession (1758).