Frances Parkinson Keyes

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Although she was known throughout her life as a New Englander, the woman who would become famous as Frances Parkinson Keyes was born July 21, 1885 in Charlottesville, Virginia, where her father, John Wheeler was professor of Greek at the University of Virginia. Upon his untimely death two years later, her twice-widowed mother took Frances Wheeler and her older half-brother back to Vermont, where she settled them at The Oxbow, a farm she had inherited. For the next sixteen years Frances lived intermittently in Vermont, Boston, and in various locations throughout Europe, receiving her education at home and in several private schools. Although she intended to enroll at Bryn Mawr outside Philadelphia after completing high school, instead in …

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Mazzeno, Laurence. "Frances Parkinson Keyes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 September 2007
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