She studied at the University of Southern California and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, graduating in 1927. She then taught at a junior high school in New Rochelle, New York for one year, until her career as a writer and poet took off.
In 1955, she was elected a member of the National Academy of Arts and Letters.
In 1961 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry; in 1964 she was honored with the Laetare Medal by the University of Notre Dame (described as 'An honor to a man or woman who has "enriched the heritage of humanity"'). She also holds nearly a dozen honorary degrees - "including one from the stronghold of strictly masculine pride, Dartmouth College." (from the dust jacket of Sixpence in Her Shoes (copy 1964)).
McGinley died in New York.
Voice of the Poet, American Wits: Ogden Nash, Dorothy Parker, Phyllis McGinley; & Robert Frost: The Voice of the Poet.(Audiobook Review)(Young Adult Review)(Brief Article)
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