William Vaughn Moody

William Vaughn Moody

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Moody, William Vaughn, 1869-1910, American poet and dramatist, b. Spencer, Ind., grad. Harvard, 1893. After writing several verse dramas, Moody achieved wide success with the prose play The Great Divide (produced as A Sabine Woman, 1906). The Faith Healer (1909), however, also written in prose, was less popular. Both his poetry and his plays are noted for their lyricism and philosophical idealism. He also wrote A History of English Literature (1902) with Robert Morss Lovett.

See his poems and plays (2 vol., 1912); studies by M. Halpern (1964) and M. F. Brown (1973).

William Vaughn Moody (July 8 1869October 17 1910) was a U.S. dramatist and poet.

Author of The Great Divide, first presented under the title of The Sabine Woman at the Garrick Theatre in Chicago on April 12 1906. Moody's poetic dramas included The Masque of Judgment (1900), The Fire Bringer (1904), and The Death of Eve (left undone at his death).

Early life

Born at Spencer, Indiana, his parents died while he was a boy, and he had to work to help support himself while he completed his education. After attending New Albany High School he went on to Harvard University, where he graduated in 1893.

In academia

He taught English at Harvard and Radcliffe until 1895, when he went to Chicago to be assistant professor of English and rhetoric at the University of Chicago.

He received the degree of Litt.D. from Yale in 1908, and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Early Death

He died from brain cancer at the age of 41.

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