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Dunlap, William (19 February 1766–28 September 1839), dramatist and painter, was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the son of Samuel Dunlap, a merchant, and Margaret Sargent. Dunlap had little formal schooling. He received his education first from his mother and later from a series of tutors. He gained a love of writing and the arts from Thomas Bartow, an aged recluse who read to Dunlap from the classics and introduced him to drawings illustrating the works of Virgil, Homer, and Milton....