Tom Taylor, an English author, born in Sunderland in 1817. He graduated at Trinity college, Cambridge, and became a fellow. He ' was for two years professor of English literature in University college, London, was called to the bar in 1845, and in 1850 became assistant secretary to the board of health, and in 1854 secretary. Since 1858 he has been secretary to the local government act office. He is the author of more than 100 dramatic pieces, among the most successful of which are " Still Waters Run Deep," "The Unequal -Match," "The Overland Route," "The Contested Election," " Our American Cousin," " The Ticket-of-Leave Man," and " 'Twixt Axe and Crown." In conjunction with Charles Reade he has written "Masks and Faces" and other plays. He has also published a "Life of Benjamin Robert Haydon " (3 vols. 8vo, 1853); an editorial preface and continuation of the " Autobiographical Recollections of C. R. Leslie " (2 vols. 8vo, 1860); a " Handbook to the Pictures of the International Exhibition of 1862 " (8vo, 1862); "Birket Foster's Pictures of English Landscape, engraved by the Brothers Dalziel, with Pictures in Words by Mr. Tom Taylor " (4to, 1862); " Ballads and Songs of Brittany," translated from the French of Villemarque (4to, 1865); and, in conjunction with C. W. Franks, a " Catalogue of the Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds" (8vo, 1860).