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MATURIN, Edward, author, born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1812; died in New York city, 25 May, 1881. He was descended from a Huguenot clergyman, who settled in Ireland after the revocation of the edict of Nantes, and his father, Reverend Charles Robert Maturin, curate of St. Peter's church, Dublin, was well known as a pulpit orator and novelist. The son was graduated at Trinity college, Dublin, in 1832, and came to this country with letters of introduction from Thomas Moore, the poet, and other well-known literary men. He studied law under Charles O'Conor and elsewhere, was admitted to the bar, and, on recommendation of Professor Charles Anthon, of Columbia, made professor of Greek in the College of South Carolina. He married in that state, but afterward returned to the north, and was an instructor in Greek and Latin in New York city for thirty consecutive years. He was selected in 1850 by the Bible union as one of their corps of revisers, the gospel of St. Mark being assigned to him. Mr. Maturin was the author of "Montezuma, the Last of the Aztecs ; a Romance" (2 vols., New York, 1845); "Benjamin, the Jew of Grenada: a Romance," a story of the fall of the Moslem empire in Spain (1848); "Eva, or the Isles of Life and Death" (2 vols., 1848); "Lyrics of Spain and Erin" (Boston, 1850); and "Bianca; a Tale of Erin and Italy" (New York, 1852).
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