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In 1829 star actor-manager Edwin Forrest put out the call for new plays to capture the American Spirit. The first answer was the remarkable Metamora. In this fast-paced tragedy conniving English settlers go to war against a noble savage and his tribe, and not only the settlement of the New World but the true love of virtuous innocents hangs in the balance. Metamora is the guileless Natural Man, Mordaunt and Lord Fitzarnold are his duplicitous and arrogant foes, and lovely Oceana and the orphan Walter are the hope of the future in a romance extraordinary for its exciting battles, its twisting plot, and its conflicted vision of an American hero.

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