Born Elizabeth Anne Chase in Strong, Maine, she grew up in Farmington, Maine, where she attended Farmington Academy. She began to write at the age of fifteen, under the pen name Florence Percy, and in 1855 published under that name a volume of poems entitled Forest Buds. In 1851 she married Marshall S.M. Taylor, but they were divorced within a few years.
In subsequent years she travelled through Europe; in Rome she became acquainted with the feminist Paulina Kellogg Wright Davis. While in Europe she served as a correspondent for the Portland Transcript and the Boston Evening Gazette. She started contributing to the Atlantic Monthly in 1858
She married Paul Akers, a Maine sculptor whom she had met in Rome, in August 1860; he died in 1861. In 1865 she married Elijah M. Allen, of New York. In 1866 a collection of her poems was published in Boston by Ticknor & Fields.
She died in Tuckahoe, New York, in 1911.
The poem for which she is best remembered is "Rock Me to Sleep, Mother" (1882), which begins:
Backward, turn backward, O time, in thy flight;
Make me a child again, just for to-night.
- Forest Buds from the Woods of Maine (as "Florence Percy"). Boston: Brown, Bazin / Portland, ME: Francis Blake, 1856.
- Poems (as "Elizabeth Akers). Boston: Ticknor & Fields, 1866.
- Queen Catherine's Rose. Dublin: J. Charles / London: Griffith & Farran, 1886.
- The Silver Bridge, and other poems. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1886.
- The High-Top Sweeting, and other poems. New York: Scribner's, 1891.
- The Ballad of the Bronx. 1901.
- Sunset Song, and other verses. Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1902.
- The Triangular Society: Leaves from the life of a Portland family. Portland, ME: Hoyt, Fogg & Dunham, 1886.
- Brothers and Sisters: Short stories for little men and little maidens. Young Folks, 1891.
See also Edit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Elizabeth Ann Chase Akers Allen, Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica Inc. Web, June 26, 2013.
- ↑ The High-Top Sweeting, and other poems (1891), Internet Archive. Web, June 26, 2013.
- ↑ Search results = au:Elizabeth Akers Allen, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Mar. 23, 2018.
- "Rock Me to Sleep"
- "Truth and Beauty"
- Elizabeth (Akers) Allen in the Yale Book of American Verse: "Rock Me to Sleep," "Last," "Left Behind"
- Elizabeth Akers Allen 1832-1911 at the Poetry Foundation
- Elizabeth Akers Allen at PoemHunter (14 poems)
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