Moody, William Vaughn

Moody, William Vaughn

▪ American writer
born July 8, 1869, Spencer, Ind., U.S.
died Oct. 17, 1910, Colorado Springs, Colo.

      American poet and playwright whose mystical and dignified work was considered a sign of unfulfilled promise upon his early death.

      After he graduated from Harvard University (1893), Moody was an instructor of English at Harvard and then at the University of Chicago. Though he was considered an inspiring teacher, Moody disliked his job; he spent several years of his university association working elsewhere on the Cambridge edition of the works of John Milton. The publication in 1902 of a textbook that he coauthored enabled Moody to pursue the writing career that he preferred.

      Moody's early poems, such as “Good Friday Night” (1898), are thought to be beautiful and noble, as are his poetic plays, including The Masque of Judgment (1900) and The Fire-Bringer (1904), from an uncompleted trilogy on the unity of God and man. He abruptly changed his style with his most popular work, The Great Divide (1906), a prose play about conflict between eastern U.S. puritanism and the individualism of the western frontier. Although Moody tended to overembellish, this new phase of his career marked him as one of the most promising writers of his day. He died soon after this turning point, at age 41, of a brain tumour.

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