Boker, George Henry

Boker, George Henry

(bō`kər), 1823–90, American poet and playwright, b. Philadelphia, grad. Princeton, 1842. He is best remembered for his romantic and heroic tragedies, written in the manner of Elizabethan drama. The best of these were Leonor de Guzman (1853) and Francesca da Rimini (1855), based on the story of Francesca and Paolo. He also wrote a series of love sonnets.

Bibliography

See biography by E. S. Bradley (1927, repr. 1972).

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Boker, George Henry

(1823–90) playwright, poet, diplomat; born in Philadelphia. His romantic tragedies were among the few such plays to be successful. Most popular was his Francesca da Rimini (1855). He also served as envoy to Turkey and Russia.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.