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MILES, George Henry, author, born in Baltimore, Maryland, 31 July, 1824: died in Thornbrook, near Emmettsburg, Maryland, 23 July, 1871. He was graduated at Mount St. Mary's college in 1843, studied law, and practised in Baltimore for several years. His first literary work was "The Truce of God," a story. In 1849 he gained the $50 prize that was offered by the Baltimore " Catholic Mirror" for the best short story, by his" Loretto, or the Choice." In 1850 Mr. Miles's drama" Mohammed" won the $1,000 prize that was offered by Edwin Forrest for the best play by an American author. In 1851 he was sent by President Fillmore as bearer of despatches to Madrid. In 1864 he again visited Europe, and upon his return wrote a series of sketches, "Glimpses of Tuscany," which were published in "The Catholic World." "Christine : a Troubadour's Song," his longest poem, also was first published in that magazine. In October, 1856, his lyric " Inker-man appeared in " Brownson's Review." In April, 1857, his drama "De Soto " was played at the Broadway theatre, New York, with success. The same season, his comedy "Mary's Birth-Day " was also played in New York for the first time, and received favorable notice. On 6 October, 1858, at the semi-centennial celebration of Mount St. Mary's college, he read a poem called "Aladdin's Palace." In April, 1859, his comedy "Sefior Valiente" was brought out successfully in New York, Boston, and Baltimore on the same night. After writing several minor pieces, he began his greatest effort, "Cromwell, a Tragedy," which has never been acted, he was also the author of the "Seven Sisters," founded on the secession of the seven cotton states, which had a long run at Laura Keene's theatre, New York, in the winter of 1860-'1. In 1859 Mr. Miles was appointed professor of English literature in Mount St. Mary's college, and removed from Baltimore to Thornbrook, a cottage near Emmettsburg, where he passed the remainder of his life. Besides the works mentioned he was the author of " Discourse in Commemoration of the Landing of the Pilgrims of Maryland" (Emmettsburg, 1847) ; "Christine, a Troubadour's Song, and other Poems" (New York, 1866); and "Abou Hassan the Wag, or the Sleeper Awakened" (Baltimore, 1868). He projected a series of critiques upon the tragedies of Shakespeare, but completed only one of them, " A Review of Hamlet" (1870).
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