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George Henry Miles


"A Maryland lawyer and educator, professor of English literature at Mount St. Mary's College, Emmettsburg, Maryland, popular at one period as a verse-writer and dramatist." [Oscar Fay Adams, A Dictionary of American Authors 254-255 (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1899)]

George Miles was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on July 31, 1824, and died in Thornbrook, near Emmettsburg, Maryland, on July, 23, 1871. After his graduation from Mount St. Mary's College in 1843, he studied law, and practiced law in Baltimore for several years. His first literary work was "The Truce of God," a story. In 1849 he won a short story prize sponsored by the Baltimore Catholic Mirror for his story, "Loretto, or the Choice." In 1850, Miles's drama, "Mohammed," won the $1,000 prize offered by Edwin Forrest for the best play by an American author.

In 1859 Miles was appointed professor of English literature at Mount St. Mary's college, and took up residence in a cottage near Emmettsburg, where he passed the remainder of his life.

George Henry Miles
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George Henry Miles


George Henry Miles, Mohammed, the Arabian Prophet, a tragedy in five acts (Boston: Phillips, Sampson, 1850) [online text]

________________, Aladdin's Palace (New York: Edward Dunigan & Brother (James B. Kirker), 1858)(read at the semi-centennial celebration of Mount St. Mary's College, Emmitsburg, Maryland, Oct. 6, 1858) [online text]

________________, Christine: A Troubadour's Song and Other Poems (New York: L. Kehoe, 1866) [online text]

________________, Said the Rose, Song (Boston: C.W. Thompson & Co., 1906)

________________, Said the Rose, and Other Lyrics (New York: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1907) [online text]


George Henry Miles The Governess, or, The Effects of Good Example. An original tale. Being a leaf from every-day life (Baltimore: Hedian & O'Brien, 1851)(Baltimore: Kelly, Piet & Company, 1871)(Boston: Thomas B. Noonan & Co., 1883)

________________, Loretto, or, the Choice, a story written for the old and for the young in four parts (Baltimore: Hedian & O'Brien, 1851)(Baltimore: Kelly, Piet and Co., rev., enl., ed., 1870)(Baltimore: Thomas B. Noonan & Co., 1883)

________________, Senor Valiente, a Comedy, in Five Acts (Boston: W.V. Spencer, 1858)

________________, Mary's Birthday, or, The Cynic. A Play, in Three Acts (Boston: William V. Spencer, 1858) [online text]

________________, Abou Hassan, the Wag, or, The Sleeper Awakened an Extravaganza (Baltimore: J.T. Ford, 1868)

________________, A Review of Hamlet (Baltimore: Kelley, Piet & Company, 1870)(New York: Longmans, Green, and Co., new ed., 1907) [online text] (Norwood, Pennsylvania: Norwood Editions, 1978)([Folcroft, Pa.]: Folcroft Library Editions, 1973)(New York: AMS Press, 1975)

________________, The Truce of God, a Tale of the Eleventh Century (Baltimore: J. Murphy, 1871) [online text]

________________, Gems from George H. Miles (Chicago: J.S. Hyland & Co., 1901)(Thomas Edward Cox ed.) [online text]