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Vida Dutton Scudder (December 15, 1861 - October 9, 1954)

Vida Dutton Scudder was an American educator, writer, and welfare activist in the social gospel movement. She was one of the most prominent lesbian authors of her time. In 1885, she and Clara French (1863 – October 6, 1888) were the first American women admitted to the graduate program at Oxford, where York Powell, John Ruskin, Leo Tolstoi, George Bernard Shaw and Fabian Socialism influenced her. Scudder and French returned to Boston in 1886. Scudder taught English literature from 1887 at Wellesley College, where she became an associate professor in 1892 and full professor in 1910. French died in 1888 of typhoid fever. From 1919 until her death, Scudder was in a lesbian relationship with Florence Converse, a member of the editorial staff of The Churchman from 1900 to 1908, when she joined the staff of the Atlantic Monthly. In Wellesley, they resided at 45 Leighton Road. Vida died just a month short of her 93 birthday at her home. The informant was Florence Converse. Vita wrote in The Wellesley Magazine, "My past word shall be one of reassurance. I have had a happy life; but I am finding my ninth decade the happiest yet.” They are both buried at Newton Cemetery, Newton, Massachusetts.

Timeline & Places:

• December 15, 1861: born.

• 1884: attended Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts 01063, Stati Uniti

• 1885: attended University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 2JD, Regno Unito

• 1887: taught at Wellesley College, 106 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02481, Stati Uniti

• 1919 to 1954: lived at 45 Leighton Rd, Wellesley, MA 02482, USA, sharing with Florence Converse

• October 9, 1954: died. Buried at Newton Cemetery, 791 Walnut St, Newton Centre, MA 02459, Stati Uniti. Buried alongside: Florence Converse (April 30, 1871 – February 13, 1967).


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