Grace Conkling

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Grace Walcott Hazard Conkling
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Grace Walcott Hazard Conkling
Born Grace Walcott Hazard
(1878-02-07) February 7, 1878 (age 140)
New York City
Died November 15, 1958(1958-11-15) (aged 80)
Nationality American
Occupation Poet, English Professor
Spouse(s) Roscoe Platt Conkling

Hilda Conkling

Elsa Kruuse

Grace Walcott Hazard Conkling (February 7, 1878 – November 15, 1958) was an American author, a poet and an English professor.


Grace Walcott Hazard was born in New York City on February 7, 1878. She earned a bachelor of letters degree at Smith College and then taught at the Graham School in New York. Hazard moved to France to study music, but she became ill and returned to the United States.

In 1905, Hazard married Roscoe Platt Conkling, and they lived on a ranch in Mexico.[1] Conkling had two daughters, Hilda and Elsa. She died at the age of 80 on November 15, 1958.[2]


In 1914, she taught English at Smith College and remained there till her retirement in 1947.

Conkling attracted wide attention as the teacher of her little daughter, Hilda Conkling, whose Poems by a Little Girl (1920) displayed great ability at an early age. Grace copied down her daughter's poems as they were spoken, which is the only record that exists of Hilda's work.[3]


Her collected volumes of verse include:

  • Afternoons of April (1915)
  • Wilderness Songs (1920)
  • Flying Fish: A Book of Songs and Sonnets (1926)


  1. ^ "Grace Hazard Conkling: 1878–1958". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  2. ^ (1958) "Rites for Mrs.,Grace Conkling." New York Times
  3. ^ Sapir, Edward, Conkling, Grace Hazard, and Driscoll, Louise (1919). "Concerning Hilda Conkling." The Poetry Foundation

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