Elizabeth Marie Pope
|Elizabeth Marie Pope|
May 1, 1917|
Washington, DC, USA
|Died||August 4, 1992 
Biddeford, ME, USA
|Occupation||Author and College Professor|
|Education||PhD Johns Hopkins University|
|Alma mater||Bryn Mawr College|
|Notable work(s)||The Sherwood Ring
The Perilous Gard
|Notable award(s)||Newbery Honor Award|
Family and childhood
Elizabeth Marie Pope was born on May 1, 1917 in Washington, D.C., to Christopher Herman Pope, a banker, and Florence Anna Thompson Pope. She had two younger siblings, Wilmot T. Pope and Mary Frances Pope.
Education and college teaching
Elizabeth Pope enrolled at Bryn Mawr College, and received her B.A. in 1940. She completed graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, where in 1944 she was awarded a Ph.D. That fall she accepted a teaching position at Mills College in Oakland, CA. She served as assistant professor until 1955, when she was promoted to associate professor. In 1962 she became professor of English and was soon Head of the Department of English. She taught English at Mills for thirty-eight years before retiring on June 30, 1982.
Elaine B. Johnson, in her book Contextual Teaching and Learning, fondly describes her memories of studying Shakespeare and Milton with Dr. Pope (pages 50-51). Johnson recalls a teacher who was courteous, humorous, compassionate, lively, and excellent at drawing connections between her students' lives and the moral lessons of Shakespeare and Milton. Johnson also includes the comment that Dr. Pope was "weighed down by a heavy brace on one leg" and was white-haired, indicating that she took courses from Dr. Pope toward the end of her tenure as professor. For Johnson, Dr. Pope was not only an engaging lecturer, but facilitated class discussion with open-ended questions and interest in her students' comments.
Her Newbery Honor-winning novel for young adults, The Perilous Gard, is an imaginative retelling of the ballad of Tam Lin set in the latter days of Queen Mary I of England and the early days of Queen Elizabeth I, featuring a strong, independent, clever young heroine, Kate. It also sympathetically discusses remnants of ancient pagan Britain driven into hiding by the coming of Christianity. Many of its themes will be familiar from the Arthurian legends, which are referred to at the opening of the novel.
|Library resources about
Elizabeth Marie Pope
|By Elizabeth Marie Pope|
- "Elizabeth Marie Pope". Contemporary Authors Online, Thomson Gale, 2007. Gale Literary Databases.
- "United States Social Security Death Index". Family Search. Retrieved 04 Mar 2014.
- "Death Record of Elizabeth M. POPE". Maine Deaths, 1956-1997," database, Maine Genealogy. Maine Genealogy. Retrieved 04 Mar 2014.
- "Year: 1920; Census Place: Washington, Washington, District of Columbia; Roll: T625_212; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 268; Image: 50.". 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA. Ancestry.com. Retrieved 04 Mar 2014.
- "Year: 1930; Census Place: Washington, Washington, District of Columbia". 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Ancesry.com. Retrieved 6 Mar 2014.
- Johnson, Elaine B. (2002). Contextual Teaching and Learning: What It Is and Why It’s Here to Stay. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. pp. 50–51. ISBN 076197864X.
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