Born in 1911 in Worcester, Massachusetts Elizabeth Bishop was the only child of William T. Bishop and Gertrude May Bishop. At about 18 months old her father passed away from kidney disease on October 13, 1911. Bishop's mother was permanently institutionalized in 1916 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and died there in May 1934. Her maternal grandparents, who lived in Nova Scotia, then took her in. "In the Village" and "First Death in Nova Scotia" express some of her experiences there.
Kate Chopin’s birth was in St. Louis on February 8, 1851. Five years later, she started school at the Academy of the Sacred Heart. Later on in her schooling, she found a classmate that had the same love for reading and writing as she, but not long after, she had to stop attending school for two years (Adams ix). This was because of the death of her father. Chopin was the only of her three siblings to live a long life.
She was the fifth of the eight children to Lucy Ann Potts and John Hurston (“Zora Hurston” 3). Her mother had died in 1904 when she was thirteen. She dropped out of school after her death. When young Zora had seen her older sister, Sara hurt and rejected, she having bad attitudes because of her new stepmother. A few years later, Zora got into a physical fight with her stepmother causing her father to be on his daughter’s side.
Her given name is said to be Zora Neale Lee Hurston was born on January 2, 1891, even though there has been some mystery surrounding her real date of birth. Nevertheless, Hurston was born in Notasulga, Alabama to a baptist preacher named John Hurston, and to a seamstress named Lucy Potts. Hurston was the fifth child in the family. When Hurston was a toddler, her family relocated to Eatonville, Florida which was the first black town in the United States. After moving to Eatonville, Hurston’s father became mayor of the town for three consecutive terms.
Her father was a three-term mayor. In 1904, her mother died and her father sent her to a private school in Jacksonville. At the age of twenty-six she enrolls at the high school division of Morgan College. Although it is believe that she was twenty-six years old at the time of enrollment, she listed her age as sixteen and 1901 as her birthday. Hurston graduated from Morgan Academy, the high school division of Morgan College, in 1918.
The young girl then moved to Vicksburg to live with her sister Louvinia and to work as a housemaid. She worked hard from the time she was very young, was extremely poor, and had little opportunity to get an education. In order to escape the terrible environment created by Louvinia's husband, Sarah married Moses McWilliams when she was only fourteen years old. At eighteen she gave birth to a daughter she named Lelia. Two years later her husband died.
She received her education at a public school and spent her first year of college in Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. She spent her next 4 years of college at the University of Alabama, one of these years was spent as a transfer student at Oxford University. During her studies Lee followed in the footsteps of her father and pursued a law degree. Lee had been six months shy of this degree before deciding to follow her own dream of writing. As soon as possible she moved to New York City and became an airline reservation clerk and was only able to write during her free time.
Teacher Anne Sullivan Macy By: Helen Keller Year of Publication: 1955 Anne Sullivan Macy Anne Sullivan Macy was born on April 4, 1866 in Feeding Hills, Massachusetts. Her parents were poor Irish immigrants. Anne had trouble with her eyes her whole life. When Anne was eight years old her mother died and two years later her father left. Anne’s younger sister went to live with relatives and Anne and her younger brother Jimmie were sent to the State Infirmary, the almshouse at Tewksbury.
However, in 1893, an experience that permanently influenced her thinking and character, was the death of her sister, Maude. The following academic year she stayed home and took private lessons. She reentered Smith College in the fall of 1884 as a senior and graduated with a concentration in classics and philosophy (7). In 1886 her family went to Europe for sixteen months. This is where she broadened her knowledge of the classics.
When she came to age, Oprah attended the Wharton Elementary School. She had skipped kindergarten and went straight to first grade since she had learned to read and write with her grandmother and was brilliant at her age. Since her mother worked night and day, Oprah learned to have no respect for her and as consequence, was sent to live with her father in Nashville, Tennessee. After living with her father for some time Oprah discovered that her mother was pregnant with a half sister and was requested to go back and live with her. In the time of her living with her mother, Oprah was first sexually abused by a nineteen year old cousin while he was babysitting her.