Edith Matilda Thomas

Edith Matilda Thomas

1854 - 1925

The poetry of Edith Mathilda Thomas is often concerned with the Western Reserve (Northeastern Ohio). Her works have been set a few times by Amy Marcy Beach.

Image: Published in "The Christmas Dancers" by Edith M. Thomas, Century, 59:166 (Dec. 1899), Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Digital ID: cai 2a13525


Born in Chatham Center, Ohio, Edith Thomas was a poet of national recognition during her lifetime, with periodicals such as The Atlantic Monthly publishing her verse. Thomas was greatly influenced by the book of Helen Hunt Jackson entitled A Century of Dishonor: A Sketch of the United States Government's Dealing with Some of the Indian Tribes (1900). In fact, Jackson was the one who encouraged Thomas to publish her poems beyond local periodicals.

--Christie Finn

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