Moody, William Vaughn, 1869-1910

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American poet, playwright and teacher.

From the description of Papers, 1889-1924 (inclusive). (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 52248317

Playwright and poet.

From the description of Letters of William Vaughn Moody [manuscript], 1896-1923. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647814575

William Vaughn Moody [1869-1910], American poet, play write and teacher, studied painting at the Pritchett Institute of Design in 1885, and did college preparatory work in classics at the Riverview Academy in 1887 before entering Harvard in 1889. He graduated second in his class in 1893. Moody published his first poems in the Harvard Monthly, and while at Harvard became friends with Daniel G. Mason, George Santayana, Norman Hapgood, Robert Herrick, and Robert Morss Lovett. He received his M.A. from Harvard in 1894 and taught English literature there during 1894-5.

In Autumn of 1895, he joined the English faculty of the University of Chicago as Instructor in English and Rhetoric; as Assistant Professor in English and Rhetoric, Moody conducted his last classes at the University in Winter Quarter of 1903--although he remained "on leave" until his formal resignation in 1908. At Chicago Moody continued his friendships with Herrick and Lovett and established ties with Ferdinand Schevill, John M. Manly, Hamlin Garland, Harriet Monroe, and Mrs. Harriet Brainard [nee Harriet Converse Tilden] who later became his wife.

In 1901--the year after he met Mrs. Brainard--his volume of Poems appeared. The next year saw the publication of A History of English Literature co-authored by Robert Morss Lovett; in 1905 Lovett and Moody published A First View of English Literature. In October of 1906, Moody's play The Great Divide opened in New York; it was a great success and ran for two years. Before his early death in 1910, Moody was considered one of America's leading poets and perhaps her most promising playwright--a judgment sustained until the 1920's. He was honored by Yale University in 1908 when he received the D. Litt. In May 1909, Moody and Harriet Brainard were married; because of his health they settled in Southern California in December of that year. Moody's last prose play The Faith Healer opened in New York in January 1910. On October 17, 1910, Moody died of a brain tumor in Colorado.

From the guide to the Moody, William Vaughn. Papers, 1892-1925, (Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library 1100 East 57th Street Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.)

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creatorOf Moody, William Vaughn, 1869-1910. Autograph letter signed W.V. Moody to: "My dear Miss Bates." June 17, 1900. Wellesley College
creatorOf Robinson, Edwin Arlington, 1869-1935. Lewis M. Isaacs collection of E.A. Robinson papers, 1896-1967. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Mason, Daniel Gregory, 1873-1953. Of wounds and sore defeat : (songs on texts of William Vaughn Moody) : opus 36, no. 5 / Daniel Gregory Mason. The Juilliard School, Lila Acheson Wallace Library
referencedIn Mark Anthony De Wolfe Howe additional papers, 1880-1959. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Moody, Harriet Converse Tilden, 1857-1932. Papers, 1899-1930. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Benjamin Holt Ticknor Papers, 1595-1935, (bulk 1850-1920) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Anderson, Wallace Ludwig, 1917-,. Wallace Ludwig Anderson Edwin Arlington Robinson collection, 1896-1984. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Alice Corbin Henderson Collection TXRC92-A24., 1861-1987 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Torrence, Ridgely, 1875-1950. Ridgely Torrence papers, 1833-1952 (bulk 1890-1951). Princeton University Library
referencedIn Autograph File, M, 1648-1985. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Moody, William Vaughn, 1869-1910. The great divide : typescript, 1908. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Anderson, Wallace Ludwig, 1917-. Correspondence on William Vaughn Moody 1947-1949. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn William Roscoe Thayer papers, 1762-1927 (inclusive), 1872-1921 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Moody, William Vaughn, 1869-1910. Letters of William Vaughn Moody [manuscript], 1896-1923. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Oswald Garrison Villard papers, 1872-1949. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Moody, William Vaughn, 1869-1910. Letter, [ca.1900-1910?], Virginia Brook, Va., to L[evi] M[oore] Powers, Buffalo, N.Y. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Moulton, Louise Chandler, 1835-1908. Papers of Louise Chandler Moulton, 1852-1908. Library of Congress
referencedIn Moody, Harriet Converse Tilden, 1857-1932. Papers, 1906-1932. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Moody, William Vaughn, 1869-1910. William Vaughn Moody collection, 1894-1910. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Van Noppen, Leonard Charles, 1868-1935. Letter 1904, May 3, Riverside, Conn, [to] Mr. [Edwin] Markham, [Staten Island] / Leonard Charles Van Noppen. Wagner College, Horrmann Library
referencedIn Additional papers, ca. 1870-1922. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Peabody, Josephine Preston, 1874-1922. Additional papers, 1874-1922. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Baker, George Pierce, 1866-1935. Papers of George Pierce Baker, 1882-1926 (inclusive), 1890-1926 (bulk). Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Ticknor, Benjamin Holt, 1842-1914. Papers of Benjamin Holt Ticknor, 1595-1935 (bulk 1850-1920). Library of Congress
creatorOf Gilder, Richard Watson, 1844-1909. Richard Watson Gilder papers, 1855-1916. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company reader reports on manuscripts submitted for publication, 1882-1931. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Moody, William Vaughn, 1869-1910. Autograph letter signed Wm. Vaughn Moody to: "Dear Mr. Palmer." July 7, 1903. Wellesley College
creatorOf Moody, William Vaughn, 1869-1910. Letters, 1904-1906, New York. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Louise Chandler Moulton Papers, 1852-1908 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Charles Eliot Norton papers, ca.1845-1908. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Monroe, Harriet. Papers, 1873-1944 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library.
referencedIn MacKaye, Percy, 1875-1956. Percy MacKaye papers, 1879-1956. Harvard University, Harvard Theater Collection, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Moody, Harriet Brainard. Papers, 1899-1932 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Richard Watson Gilder papers, 1855-1916 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Lewis M. Isaacs collection of E.A. Robinson papers, 1896-1967 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Autograph File, M, 1648-1985. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Moody, William Vaughn, 1869-1910. Autograph letter signed William Vaughn Moody to: Mr. Palmer. February 17, 1908. Wellesley College
creatorOf Henderson, Alice Corbin, 1881-1949. Papers, 1861-1987 (bulk 1920-1949). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Correspondence, 1864-1906. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, 1869-1942. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Moody, William Vaughn, 1869-1910. Autograph letter signed William Vaughn Moody to: "My dear Miss Bates." May 12, [s.d.]. Wellesley College
creatorOf Moody, William Vaughn, 1869-1910. Letter, 1894, Jan. 21, to Mr. Stone. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Moody, William Vaughn. A sabine woman [microform] : a play in three acts / by William Vaughn Moody. University of Missouri -- Columbia, MU Libraries; University of Missouri; MU; Ellis Library; University of Missouri Columbia
referencedIn Thomas Bailey Aldrich papers, 1837-1926. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Papers, 1886-1941. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Moody, William Vaughn, 1869-1910. Papers, 1889-1924 (inclusive). University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Moody, William Vaughn, 1869-1910. Autograph letter signed William Vaughn Moody to: Mr. Palmer. January 5, 1905. Wellesley College
referencedIn Monroe, Harriet, 1860-1936. Papers, 1873-1944 (inclusive). University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Stark, Samuel. Theatre scrapbook collection, 1860-1950. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Moody, William Vaughn. Papers, 1892-1925 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Silas Weir Mitchell Collection, 1870-1911 University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
referencedIn Stark, Samuel. Theatre scrapbook collection., 1860-1950 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
creatorOf Moody, William Vaughn, 1869-1910. Letter, 1906 Feb. 8, New York, to Mrs. Ford. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Percy Wallace MacKaye Collection, 1897-1948 University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
referencedIn Additional papers, ca. 1870-1922. Houghton Library.
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correspondedWith Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836-1907 person
associatedWith American Copyright League. corporateBody
associatedWith Anderson, Wallace Ludwig, 1917-, person
associatedWith Baker, George Pierce, 1866-1935. person
associatedWith Bates, Katharine Lee, 1859-1929. person
correspondedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968 person
associatedWith Gilder, Helena de Kay, d. 1916. person
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associatedWith Hapgood, Norman, 1868-1937. person
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correspondedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960 person
associatedWith Johnson, Mr., person
associatedWith Johnson, Robert Underwood, 1853-1937 person
associatedWith MacKaye, Percy, 1875-1956. person
associatedWith Markham, Edwin, 1852-1940. person
associatedWith Mason, Daniel Gregory, 1873-1953, person
associatedWith Monroe, Harriet, 1860-1936. person
associatedWith Moody, Harriet Converse Tilden, 1857-1932. person
associatedWith Moulton, Louise Chandler, 1835-1908. person
associatedWith Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908, person
associatedWith Osborne, Duffield, 1858-1917. person
associatedWith Palmer, Frederic, Jr., 1878-1967. person
associatedWith Palmer, George Herbert, 1842-1933. person
associatedWith Peabody, Josephine Preston, 1874-1922. person
associatedWith Perry, Bliss, 1860-1954 person
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associatedWith Robinson, Edwin Arlington, 1869-1935. person
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associatedWith Schevill, Ferdinand, 1868-1954. person
associatedWith Scudder, Horace Elisha, 1838-1902 person
associatedWith Slattery, Charles Lewis, 1867-1930 person
associatedWith Stark, Samuel. person
associatedWith Stedman, Edmund Clarence, 1833-1908. person
associatedWith Stone, Mr., person
correspondedWith Thayer, William Roscoe, 1859-1923 person
associatedWith Ticknor, Benjamin Holt, 1842-1914. person
associatedWith Torrence, Ridgely, 1875-1950. person
associatedWith Van Noppen, Leonard Charles, 1868-1935. person
correspondedWith Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949 person
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Birth 1869-07-08

Death 1910-10-17

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