Vida Dutton Scudder was born on 15 December 1861 in Madura, India. Her father, a Congregationalist missionary, was drowned shortly after Vida's birth, and her mother returned with her to Massachusetts. She had a privileged upbringing, surrounded by well-to-do and loving relatives, and exposed to beauty in art and nature. She traveled extensively in Europe with her mother, and attended the most exclusive Boston private schools for girls. She received a BA from Smith College in Massachusetts in 1884, and did postgraduate work at Oxford. In 1887 she was appointed an instructor of English at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Smith College awarded her an MA degree in 1889. She became a full professor of English in 1910 and remained at Wellesley until her retirement in 1928. Scudder died on 9 October 1954 in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.