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Zoe Akins
1886 - 1953

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Zoe Akins [Oct. 30,1886--Oct. 29, 1953]
American poet, playwright, and screenwriter; first successful play was Declassee (1919) following several failures and a bout with tuberculosis; The Greeks Had A Word For It (1930), a comedy, later became the basis for the screenplay of How To Marry A Millionaire; as few of her plays had been particularly successful, moved to Hollywood from New York in 1930 and began to write screenplays such as Morning Glory (1934) and Camille (1937); her play The Old Maiden, based on Edith Wharton's novel of the same name, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1935, but caused a furor among critics as it was an adaptation, not an original work, and led to the establishment of the "Critics' Choice Award" (which she never won) as an alternative to the Pulitzer.

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THE WANDERER

 



THE WANDERER

THE ships are lying in the bay,
The gulls are swinging round their spars;
My soul as eagerly as they
Desires the margin of the stars.
So much do I love wandering,
So much I love the sea and sky,
That it will be a piteous thing
In one small grave to lie.

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