Grant, Ethel Watts Mumford, 1878-1940

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Ethel Watts Mumford (1878-1940) was an American playwright, poet and novelist.

From the description of Ethel Watts Mumford papers, 1900-1934. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122517624

Ethel Watts Mumford (1878-1940), New York born playwright, poet and novelist, was the daughter of Dickson Given Watts and Mary Atwater Hughes. She married George Dana Mumford in 1894 and had a son, George. The union ended in divorce, allegedly because of the husband's jealousy of her devotion to literature and art. Ethel later married Peter Geddes Grant.

Mumford studied art in Paris at the Julian Academy, and while in Paris she also took lessons from Benjamin Constant. She also studied with Merie Guise in New York. Her first listed work was “Dupes,” published in 1901 by Putnam. Others include “Whitewash,” 1903; “The Hundred Love Songs of Kamal,” 1905; “The Wedding Song” and “Hand Reading Today,” 1925. Her plays include “The Young Idea,” “Good Night Nurse,” “The Scenario” and “Easy Money.”

From the guide to the Ethel Watts Mumford papers, 1900-1934, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

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American literature
American drama
American poetry


Birth 1878

Death 1940



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