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]

In 1898 she was introduced to fifteen-year-old Khalil Gibran by Fred Holland Day, the American photographer and co-founder of the Copeland-Day publishing house, at an art exhibition. Shortly thereafter Gibran returned to Lebanon but the pair continued to correspond.[2]

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).[3][4]

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),[5]
  • The Singing Leaves; a book of songs and spells (1903)
  • The Wings (1905), a drama
  • The Book of the Little Past (1908)
  • The Piper: A Play in Four Acts (1909)
  • 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. ^ Gibran, Jean (1998). Kahlil Gibran: His Life and World. Interlink Books. ISBN 156656249X.
  3. ^ Woman's who's who of America, 1914–15. p. 540.
  4. ^ Lionel Simon Marks.
  5. ^ "Modern Miracle Play Verse". The Independent. Jul 6, 1914. Retrieved July 28, 2012.

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