George Webbe Dasent, an English author, bom about 1818. He was educated at King's college, London, and Magdalen hall, Oxford, where he graduated in 1840. He was called to the bar in 1852, but has devoted himself mainly to the study of Scandinavian literature, residing for some time in northern Europe. For several years he was one of the staff of the London "Times," and he has been frequently employed as an examiner in the English and modern languages in connection with the civil service appointments. In 1870 he was appointed civil service commissioner, and in 1871 succeeded Mr. Froude as editor of "Fraser's Magazine." He has published "The Prose or Younger Edda of Snorro Sturleson," translated from the Norse (1842); "Theophilus Euty-chianus, from the original Greek, in Icelandic, Low German, and other Languages" (1845); "The Norsemen in Ireland" (1855); "Popular Tales from the Norse" (1858); "The Story of the Burnt Njal" (1861); "Selection of Norse Tales, for Children" (1862); Annals of an Eventful Life," a novel (1871); and "Lady Sweetapple, or Three to One" (1872). He has also contributed papers to periodicals upon subjects relating to Norse literature and history, including one on "Ancient Iceland" in the "Oxford Essays." A collection of his essays was published in 1873, under the title of "Jest and Earnest".