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Zoe Akins Papers, 1911; 1958

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Identifier: A0015

Title: Zoe Akins Papers, 1911; 1958


Zoe Akins was born in Humansville, Missouri, and moved to St. Louis where her father was postmaster and also a leader in the Republican party. She attended Hosmer Hall and then spent two years at Monticello Seminary in Godfrey, Illinois. At the age of 17, she played with the Odeon Stock Company of St. Louis. She then began writing articles for the St. Louis-based Mirror. Later she left for New York where she became a well-known playwright. Her best-known plays are "The Greeks Had a Word for It," "The Furies," and "The Old Maid," for which she won the Pulitzer Prize in 1935. In 1932, she married Hugo Rumbold, a British artist and army captain. In her last years she wrote for motion pictures. She died October 29, 1958.

The collection consists of undated love letters written by William Marion Reedy to Zoe Akins. Also includes an undated play titled The Wandering Fairies--A Shakespearian Masque for Children by Zoe Akins, and a typed copy of The Learned Lady by Zoe Akins, 1911, from which Act I and portions of Act II are missing. Collection also includes a newspaper article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch describing the letters.

2 folders

Cite as: Zoe Akins Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1911; 1958

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Akins, Zoл, 1886-1958

Subjects: Women
Women authors


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