Josephine Preston Peabody


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(1874–1922), born in New York, was educated at Radcliffe (1894–96), where under the influence of William Vaughn Moody, she turned from the light lyric poetry of The Wayfarers (1898) to poetic drama. Her plays include Fortune and Men's Eyes (1900), a one-act play about Shakespeare; Marlowe (1901), a five-act tragedy; The Wings (1905), a one-act play set in 8th-century Northumbria; The Piper (1910), a five-act drama that won the Stratford-on-Avon prize competition, using the Pied Piper theme to depict the struggle between Christianity and the power of the devil; The Wolf of Gubbio (1913), a drama about St. Francis, like its predecessor concerned with the conflict between love and greed; and Portrait of Mrs. W. (1922), a prose play dealing with the love of Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin. The Singing of Leaves (1903), Pan, a Choric Idyl (1904), and Harvest Moon (1916) are collections of lyrics. Her plays and poems were collected in 1927.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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