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Poet
    (August 8, 1884-January 29, 1933)
    Born in St. Louis, Missouri
    Poetry works include 'Sonnets to Duse and Other Poems,' 'Flame and Shadow,' 'Helen of Troy and Other Poems,' 'Love Songs,' 'Rivers to the Sea,' 'Dark of the Moon' and 'Strange Victory'
    Committed suicide with an overdose of sleeping pills in New York City at age 48
    Her middle name was Trevor.
    She was sickly most of her life and didn't attend school until age 14.
    Poet Vachel Lindsay courted her, but felt he could never live up to her expectations and abandoned his pursuit.
    In 1929, she moved to New York City without her husband, and after three months satisfied the criteria for divorce, ending her 15 year marriage.
    Lindsay committed suicide in 1931, and two years later, feeling isolated and depressed, she followed suit and ended her life.
    Urban legend maintains her poem 'I Shall Not Care' was actually a suicide poem, but he penned the work in 1915, 18 years before she killed herself.
    During her childhood she suffered from a variety of ailments that necessitated a live-in nurse.
    She was praised for her minimalist style of writing, seeing the beauty in simple things.
    In 1918, her poetry collection 'Love Songs' took three awards: the Columbia University Poetry Society prize, the annual prize of the Poetry Society of America, and the inaugural Pulitzer Prize for poetry.
    Her poem 'There Will Come Soft Rains' inspired sci-fi writer Ray Bradbury to create a 1950 short story based on the poem.
    Tom Rapp and the folk group Pearls Before Swine wrote the song 'I Shall Not Care' in 1967, putting music to her poem.
    In 1994, she was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

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