Frances Brooke, an English authoress, wife of the Rev. John Brooke, died in 1789. She wrote sonnets, translations, novels, and tragedies. Her best work, the "History of Emily Montagu" (1769), contains fine descriptions of the scenery of Canada, where she resided for some time. Of her dramas," Rosina," acted at Covent Garden in 1782, was the most successful.
Frances Inglis Calderon De La Barca, ma-dame, an author, born in Scotland in the early part of this century. Her youth was passed in Normandy. With her mother she came to the United States, and they established a school in Boston. In 1838 she married Don Calde-ron de la Barca, the Spanish minister at Washington. Her husband having been appointed minister to Mexico, she accompanied him thither, and in 1843 published " Life in Mexico," with an introduction by W. II. Prescott. She resides in Spain, and receives a pension from the government.
Frances Sargent Osgood, an American poetess, born in Boston, June 18, 1811, died in Hing-ham, Mass., May 12, 1850. She was the daughter of Mr. Locke, a merchant of Boston. In 1835 she was married to Mr. S. S. Osgood, a painter, with whom she went to London, and there published a small volume entitled " The Casket of Fate," and a collection of her poems entitled "A Wreath of Wild Flowers from New England" (8vo, 1839). She afterward lived in New York, and edited several gift books. Her poems were published in 1846, and a complete collection in 1850.
Francesca Cerito, commonly called Fanny, an Italian dancer, born in Naples in 1823. She made her debut at the San Carlo theatre in 1836, and although only 13 was received with great enthusiasm. At Milan in 1838, and for two years at the Kamterthor-Theater in Vienna, and afterward in Paris and London, the same storm of applause greeted her appearance, especially in London. She was married to Saint-Leon, well known in Paris and London as a dancer and violinist, and was separated from him in 1850.
Francesco Berni, an Italian poet, born at Lamporecchio in Tuscany about 1490, died July 26, 1536. At the age of 19 he went to Rome and entered the service of Cardinal Bibiena, and subsequently obtained the situation of private secretary to Giberti, bishop of Verona. He assumed also the habit of an ecclesiastic, but the austerity of the bishop's household was not to his taste, and he sought the society of some young ecclesiastics who devoted them-selves to wine, pleasure, and poetry. His principal works are the Rime burlesche and a new version of the Orlando Innamorato of Boiardo, with additional verses of his own. At the sack of Rome in 1527 he lost all that he possessed and retired to Florence, where he lived as canon, enjoying the favor of the Medici.
Francesco Borromini, an Italian architect, born at Bissone in 1599, died in Rome in 1667. He studied sculpture and architecture for about seven years in Milan, and then went to Rome, where he was employed under his kinsman, Carlo Maderno, in finishing St. Peter's. On the death of Maderno he continued at work under Bernini. He became capricious and fantastic in his designs, and killed himself in a fit of insanity.