Josephine Preston Peabody

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Josephine Preston Peabody
"The Journey": illustration by Elizabeth Shippen Green for a series of poems by Josephine Preston Peabody, entitled "The Little Past", which relate experiences of childhood from a child's perspective. Poems and illustration were published in Harper's Magazine, December 1903.

Josephine Preston Peabody (May 30, 1874 – December 4, 1922) was an American poet and dramatist.


She was born in New York and educated at the Girls' Latin School, Boston, and at Radcliffe College.[1]

From 1901 to 1903 she was instructor in English at Wellesley. The Stratford-on-Avon prize went to her in 1909 for her drama The Piper, which was produced in England in 1910; and in America at the New Theatre, New York City, in 1911.

On June 21, 1906 she married Lionel Simeon Marks, a British engineer and professor at Harvard University. They had a daughter, Alison Peabody Marks (July 30, 1908 – April 7, 2008), and a son, Lionel Peabody Marks (b. 10 February 1910).[2][3]

She met in Boston with Khalil Gibran in 1898 when he was fifteen through Fred Holland Day, the American photographer and co-founder of the publishing house Copeland-Day. Peabody was 24, when in a gallery exhibition met Gibran whose paintings were discovered by Day and used as covers to some of the books published by Copeland and Day.Shortly after they met, Gibran sailed to Lebanon for high school. They exchanged a number of letters that are published in the book Gibran and World.

Selected works[edit]

  • Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew (1897)
  • The Wayfarers: A Book of Verse (1898)
  • Fortune and Men's Eyes: New Poems, with a Play (1900)
  • In the Silence (1900)
  • Marlowe (her first play),[4]
  • The Singing Leaves; a book of songs and spells (1903)
  • The Wings (1905), a drama
  • The Book of the Little Past (1908)
  • The Singing Man (1911), poems
  • The Wolf of Gubbio (1913)
  • New Poems (1915)


  1. ^ "Josephine P. Peabody, Noted Author, Dies at 45". New York Tribune. 5 December 1922. 
  2. ^ Woman's who's who of America, 1914–15. p. 540.
  3. ^ Lionel Simon Marks.
  4. ^ "Modern Miracle Play Verse". The Independent. Jul 6, 1914. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 

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