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Seifert, Elizabeth

Mary K. Dains

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1602811

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Seifert, Elizabeth (19 June 1897–18 June 1983), novelist, was born in Washington, Missouri, the daughter of Richard Chester Seifert, railroad engineer, and Anna Sanford. In 1918 Elizabeth Seifert received an A.B. degree from Washington University, St. Louis, where she majored in English. She wanted to be a doctor and had enrolled in the university’s medical school, the only woman in her class. She dropped out of the program after a year and a half, however, because her family did not encourage her in her ambition, and university officials told her that, as a woman, she could finish her medical training but could not get a degree. She still took some medical courses at the university: anatomy, physiology, and medical dietetics. She also audited a creative writing class there and so impressed her instructor that he predicted she would become a professional writer. She worked at various times in hospitals as a clinical clerk and secretary and in the Social Hygiene Bureau during World War I....

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