Mary Elizabeth Frye
|Mary Elizabeth Frye|
|Born||Mary Elizabeth Clark|
November 13, 1905
Dayton, Ohio, United States
|Died||September 15, 2004 (aged 98)|
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
|Resting place||Baltimore, Maryland|
|Spouse(s)||Claud Frye |
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. 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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