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BOKER, George Henry, author, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 6 October 182;I. He is the son of a wealthy banker of Philadelphia, was graduated at Princeton in 1842, and studied law, but did not practice, in 1847, after his return from a tour in Europe, he published "The Lesson of Life, and other Poems," followed in 1848 by a tragedy called "Calaynos," which was successfully brought out on the stage in England. He next produced in succession the tragedies of "Anne Boleyn" (1850), "Leonor de Gnzman," and "Francesca da Rimini." Among his other plays are "The Betrothal" and "The Widow's Marriage." In 1856 he published in Boston two volumes of "Plays and Poems." Amen a" his individual poems, "The Ivory-Car-vet," " The Podesta's Daughter," "Song of the Earth," " A Ballad of Sir John Franklin," and "Dirge for a Soldier," are noteworthy. During the civil war he wrote many patriotic lyrics, collected ill a volume and published under the title of "Poems of the War" (Boston, 1864). Eater works were " Street Eyries," " Konigsmark, and other Poems" (1869), and "The Book of the Dead" (1882). In the autumn of 1871 he was appointed by President Grant United States minister to Turkey, and in 1875 was transferred to the more important mission of Russia. He returned to Philadelphia in 1879. Mr. Boker's dramas are classical in form, and his sonnets and other lyrical poems greatly admired. He has also written rigorous and eloquent prose, especially the stirring appeals contained in the reports of the union league club, of which he was secretary from the time of its establishment until recently, when he was elected its president. His latest work is a volume of sonnets, which appeared in 1886.
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