Dion Boucicault, a British dramatist and actor, born in Dublin, Dec. 26, 1822. His father was a French refugee and a merchant in that city. He was sent to England to be educated as a civil engineer, under the guidance of Dr. Lardner, but devoted himself to the stage, and produced in 1841 his popular comedy of "London Assurance," at Oovent Garden theatre. After the success of this play, he rapidly produced upward of 100 pieces, either original or adapted from the French, including "Old Heads and Young Hearts," " Love and Money," "The Rich Heiress," "Love in a Maze," " The Corsican Brothers," " The Willow Copse," " Janet Pride," " The Phantom," and " Faust and Margaret." He excels in constructive power, knowledge of stage effect, and epigrammatic dialogue. In September, 1853, he visited the United States, and after delivering several lectures in New York, he resumed his profession, writing and playing "Jessie Brown," "The Octoroon," and "The Colleen Bawn." In 1860 he returned to London, and brought out at the Adelphi theatre "The Colleen Bawn," which proved successful. A French adaptation of this drama was performed in Paris in 1861 under the title of Le Sacde Glenaston. In 1865 he produced "Arrahna Pogue " with equal success.
This drama was also translated for the French stage under the title of Jean la Poste. In the seven following years he brought forth the comedies and dramas "The Long Strike," " Hunted Down," "How She Loves Him," "FlyingScud," "The Rapparee," "Formosa," "AfterDark," "Foul Play " (in collaboration with Charles Reade), "Lost at Sea," "Rip Van Winkle" (which Mr. Joseph Jefferson has rendered so popular), "Kerry, or Night and Morning," " Elfie," and "Babil and Bijou." In the summer of 1872 he entered into partnership with Lord Londes-borough and became the manager of Covent Garden theatre; and in the autumn of that year he made, together with his wife (Agnes Robertson), a second professional visit to the United States.