Mary Elizabeth Frye
|Mary Elizabeth Frye|
|Born||Mary Elizabeth Clark
November 13, 1905
Dayton, Ohio, United States
|Died||September 15, 2004
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
|Resting place||Baltimore City, Maryland|
She was born in Dayton, Ohio, United States, 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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