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The Old Maid, 5th Episode | History Matters: Celebrating Women's Plays of the Past

The Old Maid (Adapted From Edith Wharton)
The Old Maid, 5th Episode

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About the Playwright

Zoe Akins
Zoe Akins
Zoe Akins (1886-1958) was a playwright, poet, critic and novelist. Born in the small town of Humansville, Missouri, she was encouraged to write by her father. Drawn to the theatre, she also briefly tried an acting career—but after a season of walk-ons, she decided to focus on writing. Her first play to be produced in New York was the verse drama The Magical City (1915), performed by the Washington Square Players. In 1919, Akins made her Broadway debut with Papa: An Amorality in Three Acts, whic…
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