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LIPPARD, George, author, born near Yellow Springs, Pennsylvania, 10 April, 1822; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 9 February, 1854. He began to study law at fifteen years of age, but was never admitted to the bar. His sensational novels evince vigor and imagination, but have few other recommendations. He founded the Brotherhood of the Union, a secret charitable and benevolent institution, and wrote for it a ritual. Previous to the civil war this order was one of the strongest in the country. Lippard is described as a brilliant but erratic genius. He was passionately fond of country life, and, living with an aunt near Germantown, roamed along the banks of the romantic Wissahickon and wrote much about it. With a strange fancy, he was married at sunrise on the banks of this stream. He was regarded as an eloquent speaker. His romances include "The Ladye Annabel" (Philadelphia, 1842); "The Belle of Prarie Eden" (1844); "Legends of Mexico" (1847); "Legends of the Revolution" (1847); "Blanche of Brandywine"; "The Nazarene"; "New York--its Upper Ten, and Lower Million"; "The Quaker City"; "Paul Ardenheim, or the Monk of Wissahickon"; "Herbert Tracy"; "Adonai"; and "Memoirs of a Preacher." See his life, with selected writings (Philadelphia, 1855). In addition to the novels he published "Washington and his Generals" and edited the "White Banner Quarterly."
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