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George Melville Baker

Cover of The Boston Dip written and published by George M. Baker, 1873

George Melville Baker (1832–1890) was a playwright and publisher in Boston, Massachusetts, in the 19th century. He worked for Lee & Shepard publishers, then opened his own imprint. "George M. Baker & Co." issued works by authors such as Henry M. Baker, F.E. Chase,[1] and Herbert Pelham Curtis. Baker's company ceased in 1885, succeeded by his brother's "Walter H. Baker & Co."[2][3] George Baker also performed with comedian Henry C. Barnabee, appearing in "lyceum entertainments" in New England.[4] He belonged to the Mercantile Library Association.[5] He married Emily Bowles in 1858;[6] children included novelist Emilie Loring, playwright Rachel Baker Gale, and screenwriter Robert Melville Baker.


  1. ^ WorldCat. Chase, F. E. (Frank Eugene) 1857-1920
  2. ^ Publishers' Weekly, Oct. 31, 1885
  3. ^ Publishers' Weekly, Oct. 25, 1890
  4. ^ "Obituary: George M. Baker." The American Bookseller, v.28, no.9, Nov. 1, 1890
  5. ^ Baker, George Melville (1865), A valedictory poem delivered before the "members' course" of the Mercantile Library Association, Boston: John Wilson and son, OCLC 13168012
  6. ^ "Obituary: George M. Baker." Publishers' Weekly, Oct. 25, 1890

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