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POWELL, Thomas, editor, born in London, England, 3 September, 1809; died in Newark, New Jersey, 13 January, 1887. He was a successful playwright., and engaged in various literary pursuits in London for many years, aiding Leigh Hunt, William Wordsworth, and Richard H. Horne in their" Modernization of Chaucer," and Home in his new " Spirit of the Age" (London, 1844). He came to this country in 1849, and from that date till his death was connected with Frank Leslie's publications. He was the first editor of "Frank Leslie's Weekly," which he established in 1855, and of " Frank Leslie's Ladies' Magazine" in i857. He was subsequently connected also with various short-lived journals in New York city, and wrote several plays that were successfully produced in New York and London. His publications in this country include "The Living Authors in Great Britain" (New York, 1849); "Living Authors in America" (1850) ; and " Pictures of the Living Authors of Great Britain " (1851).
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