Elizabeth Chase Allen

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Elizabeth Chase Akers Allen (October 9, 1832, Strong, Maine – August 7, 1911, Tuckahoe, New York) was an American author, journalist and poet.

Biography[edit]

Born Elizabeth Anne Chase, she grew up in Farmington, Maine, where she attended Farmington Academy. She began to write at the age of fifteen, under the pen name Florence Percy,[1] and in 1855 published under that name a volume of poems entitled Forest Buds. In 1851 she married Marshall S. M. Taylor, but they were divorced within a few years. In subsequent years she travelled through Europe; in Rome she became acquainted with the feminist Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis. While in Europe she served as a correspondent for the Portland Transcript and the Boston Evening Gazette. She started contributing to the Atlantic Monthly in 1858.[2] She married Paul Akers, a Maine sculptor whom she had met in Rome, in 1860; he died in 1861. In 1865 she married E. M. Allen, of New York. In 1866 a collection of her poems was published in Boston. She died on August 7, 1911 in Tuckahoe, New York.

A couplet for which she is remembered consists of lines 1 and 2 from her poem Rock Me to Sleep, Mother (1859), which runs:

Backward, turn backward, O time, in thy flight; Make me a child again, just for to-night.

Among her works, which include both prose and poetry, are:

  • Forest Buds from the Woods of Maine (1855)
  • Poems (1866–1869)
  • Queen Catharine's Rose (1885)
  • The Silver Bridge (1885)
  • Two Saints (1888)
  • The High-Top Sweeting (1891)
  • The Proud Lady of Stavoven (1897)
  • The Ballad of the Bronx (1901)
  • The Sunset Song (1902)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leonard, John William; Marquis, Albert Nelson, eds. (1908), Who's who in America 5, Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, Incorporated, p. 17. 
  2. ^ "Allen, Elizabeth Anne Chase Akers". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2006. Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. February 24, 2006.

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