Rose Hartwick Thorpe

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Rose Hartwick Thorpe, circa 1897

Rose Hartwick Thorpe (July 18, 1850 – July 19, 1939) was an American poet and writer, remembered largely for the narrative poem, Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight, which gained national popularity.


She was born in Mishawaka, Indiana and died in San Diego, California.

Thorpe wrote Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight, while living in Litchfield, Michigan, a small rural town in Hillsdale County. A bell in the center of the town commemorates the poem and Thorpe's time spent in the town. Litchfield adopted the title of the poem as a symbol, having fire trucks and city website show the symbol of a bell reading "Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight."

In 1904, Thorpe wrote about the White Lady Cave in San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park in California. Visitors inside the cave could see the outline of a lady in the rock formations and local legend claimed a bride was trapped in the cave before her death. In The White Lady of La Jolla, Thorpe described: "She is robed in shimmering garments of light, wrapped in a misty veil, and on her head is a wreath like a coronet of orange blossoms."[1]


  1. ^ Olten, Carol, Heather Kuhn, and the La Jolla Historical Society. Images of America: La Jolla. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2008: 12. ISBN 978-0-7385-5803-5

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