Fannie Heaslip Lea

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Fannie Heaslip Lea
Born October 30, 1884
New Orleans, Louisiana
Died January 13, 1955 (1955-01-14) (aged 70)
New York, New York
Occupation Author and poet
Alma mater H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College
Notable works The Dead Faith
Spouse Hamilton Pope Agee (m. 1911; div. 1926)
Children Anne Worthen Agee

Fannie Heaslip Lea (October 30, 1884 – January 13, 1955) was an American author and poet, best known for her poem "The Dead Faith".


Fannie Heaslip Lea, the daughter of newspaperman James J. Lea and Margaret Heaslip, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. After attending public schools in New Orleans, she matriculated to H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College in New Orleans, where she received a B.A. in 1904, and did graduate work in English at Tulane University in Louisiana for two years after.[1]

Until her marriage in 1911, she wrote feature articles for New Orleans daily newspapers and short stories for magazines such as Harper's, a short story, Little Anna and the Gentleman Adventurer, in the 1910 The Century Magazine and Woman's Home Companion.[2] Afterwards, she moved with her husband, Hamilton Pope Agee,[3] to Honolulu. Her first novel, Quicksands, was published in this year. She continued to write through the birth of a daughter, Anne Worthen. She divorced Agee in 1926 and moved to New York, publishing 19 novels and more than 100 stories, poems, and essays in various newspapers and journals, until her death in 1955.

Lea wrote several plays. Her first, Round-About, was produced in 1929 by the New York Theatre Assembly.[4]

Her papers are housed in the University of Oregon Library in Eugene, Oregon.[5]


  • The Dead Faith (1908)[6]
  • Quicksands (1911)
  • Wild Goose Chance (1929)
  • Verses for lovers, and some others (1955)



  1. ^ Leonard, John William, ed. (1914), Woman's Who's Who of America: A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Women of the United States and Canada, 1914-1915, New York: American Commonwealth Company, p. 39. 
  2. ^ "Chronological List (1908-1944)". The FictionMags Index. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  3. ^ Rice, Janice. "Biographies from Men of Hawaii transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Janice Rice". Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  4. ^ "New Plays in Manhattan". Time Magazine. 1929-10-28. Retrieved 2008-11-01. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Lea, Fanny Heaslip, 1884-1955 (search)". University of Oregon Library. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "The Dead Faith". Archived from the original on October 22, 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2010.