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 and her older half-brother back to Vermont, settling 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 1904 she married Henry Keyes, a forty-five-year-old farmer and…

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Citation: Mazzeno, Laurence. "Frances Parkinson Keyes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 September 2007; last revised 19 September 2018. [, accessed 13 April 2024.]

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