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George Henry Boker (October 6, 1823 - January 2, 1890)

George Henry Boker was an American poet, playwright, and diplomat.
Born: October 6, 1823, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 2, 1890, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Education: Princeton University
People also search for: Thomas Buchanan Read, Henry Taylor, Sculley Bradley
Buried: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA, Plot: Section A, Lot 91

Bayard Taylor was an American poet, literary critic, translator, and travel author. Taylor had a close relationship with poet/diplomat George Henry Boker, founder of Nassau Monthly. Taylor was famous for his books about the Gold Rush in California, including Eldorado and California Life. He also wrote about passionate relationships between men, including Twin Love and the poem To a Persian Boy. Joseph and His Friend is considered the first American novel to deal with gay feelings. It recounts an intimate friendship between two men and is believed to be inspired by the poets Fitz-Greene Halleck and Joseph Rodman Drake, who died in young age: during a train ride Joseph Asten's eyes settle on a stranger, passenger Philip Held. Feeling his stare, Philip looks back. “[t]he usual reply to such a gaze is an unconscious defiance…but the look which seems to answer, 'We are men, let us know each other!' is, alas! Too rare in this world.” In time, yielding to “manly love...as tender and true as the love of woman,” they kiss. Yet, Joseph finds a potential bride, leaving Philip “vicariously happy, warmed in [his] lonely sphere by the far radiation of [Joseph's] nuptial bliss.”
They met in 1848, friends until Bayard Taylor’s death in 1878: 30 years
Bayard Taylor (January 11, 1825 – December 19, 1878)
George Henry Boker (October 6, 1823 - January 2, 1890)

Days of Love edited by Elisa Rolle
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At Laurel Hill Cemetery (3822 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132) is buried George Henry Boker (1823-1890), American poet, playwright, and diplomat. Bayard Taylor and Richard Henry Stoddard would be long-lasting friends. Also buried here is Anna Lukens (1844-1917), graduated from the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, in 1870. A member of the class attending clinics in the Pennsylvania Hospital, November, 1869, when the students from the Woman's Medical College were hissed by the male members of the clinic. Miss Lukens and a Miss Brumall led the line of women students who passed out of the hospital grounds amid the jeers and insults of the male students, who even threw stones and mud at them, but these brave women were not discouraged by such conduct and might be considered to have blazed the way for other women who today enjoy the privilege.

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