Mary Elizabeth Frye
|Mary Elizabeth Frye|
|Born||Mary Elizabeth Clark
November 13, 1905
|Died||September 15, 2004
She was born in Dayton, Ohio, and was orphaned at the age of three. She moved to Baltimore, Maryland when she was twelve. She was an avid reader with a remarkable memory. In 1927 she married Claud Frye, who ran a clothing business, while she grew and sold flowers. The poem for which she became famous was originally composed on a brown paper shopping bag, and was reportedly inspired by the story of a young Jewish girl, Margaret Schwarzkopf, who had been staying with the Frye household and had been unable to visit her dying mother in Germany because of anti-Semitic unrest. Because people liked her twelve-line, untitled verse, Frye made many copies and circulated them privately. She never published or copyrighted the poem.
- "Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep". The HyperTexts.
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