Asia Booth Clarke

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Asia Booth Clarke
Asia Booth Clarke.jpg
Asia Booth, 1850s
Born Asia Frigga Booth
(1835-11-19)November 19, 1835
Bel Air, Maryland, United States
Died May 16, 1888(1888-05-16) (aged 52)
Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Poet, writer
Spouse(s) John Sleeper Clarke (m. 1859)
Parent(s) Junius Brutus Booth
Mary Ann Holmes
Relatives John Wilkes Booth (brother)
Edwin Booth (brother)
Junius Brutus Booth, Jr. (brother)

Asia Frigga Booth Clarke (November 19, 1835 – May 16, 1888) was the eighth in the family of ten children born to Junius Brutus Booth and his wife Mary Ann Holmes. Her famous brothers were Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth.[1]:5, 22 Asia was named for the continent where her father thought the Garden of Eden had been located.[2]

On April 28, 1859, Booth married John Sleeper Clarke at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, in Baltimore, Maryland.[1]:11 The couple had eight children, two of whom, Creston and Wilfred, became actors, because of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865 committed by her brother John Wilkes Booth and its effect upon the family, she and her husband emigrated to England, where they stayed until their death.

Asia became the poet and writer in the family, and through her work some insight was gained into the lives of the Booths, particularly John Wilkes. The Unlocked Book: John Wilkes Booth, a Sister's Memoir was written in 1874, but she kept its existence secret, fearing it would upset her husband. He had been imprisoned and forced to testify at the Lincoln assassination co-conspirators' trials, because of his family connection.[clarification needed][1]:23–24

The memoir was published in 1938 by G.P. Putnam's Sons, when her heirs felt the public would be receptive. It was re-edited and republished in 1996 as John Wilkes Booth: A Sister's Memoir.[1]:25–26

Clark's family monument

Asia Booth Clarke is buried in the Booth family plot at Greenmount Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland,[1]:23 her brother, John Wilkes Booth, is also buried in the family plot.[3]

Writings of Asia Booth[edit]

  • The Unlocked Book: John Wilkes Booth, a Sister's Memoir
  • Booth, The Elder and the Younger
  • Passages, Incidents, and Anecdotes in the Life of Junius Brutus Booth, (The Elder) - Booth Memorials, Carleton, Publisher, New York, 1866

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Asia Booth Clarke (1996). Terry Alford, ed. John Wilkes Booth: A Sister's Memoir. Jackson, Miss.: University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 0-87805-883-4. 
  2. ^ Giblin, James Cross (2005). Good Brother, Bad Brother: The Story of Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth. Clarion Books. p. 7. Retrieved 2011-03-8.
  3. ^ Booth family burial plot

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