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George Henry Boker

Boker, George Henry (bōˈkər) [key], 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.

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

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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