Born in Brooklyn, Sept. 9, 1878. Her young girlhood was spent
in Rochester, N.Y., where her father, Algernon S. Crapsey,
was rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. After preparatory work
in Kemper Hall, Kenosha, Wis., she entered Vassar College,
graduating, as a Phi Beta Kappa, in 1901. After two years of teaching
at Kemper Hall, Miss Crapsey went to Italy and became a student
at the School of Archaeology in Rome, at the same time giving lectures
in Italian history. Upon returning to America she taught
history and literature for two years in a private school at Stamford, Conn.,
but gave up her work because of ill health and spent the following two years
in Italy and England, working upon her "Study of English Metrics".
Recovering sufficiently to do so, she returned to this country in 1911
and took a position as Instructor of Poetics at Smith College,
but in 1913 was obliged to resign because of renewed illness
and died on the 8th of October, 1914. After her death,
the Manas Press of Rochester brought out a small volume of her poetry,
and her "Study of English Metrics" was published in 1918 by Alfred Knopf.
Adelaide Crapsey had a rarely beautiful and original poetic gift,
and her early death is greatly to be regretted.
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