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Definition: Akins, Zoe from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

US writer. She wrote poems, literary criticism, and plays, including The Greeks Had a Word for It (1930). She was born in Missouri.

Summary Article: Akins, Zoe
from Chambers Biographical Dictionary


US dramatist, novelist and poet

Born in Humansville, Montana, she trained as an actress in New York, and in 1912 published Interpretations, a collection of poetry. Later, she concentrated on writing plays. Her most popular were Déclassée (1919), a society melodrama, followed by Daddy's Gone A-Hunting (1921), a sentimental portrayal of a failing marriage, and The Greeks had a Word for It (1930), a comedy about the Ziegfeld showgirls. Her best plays are witty and light, but not without irony, and contain wise observations on middle-class women. In 1935, Akins was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her dramatization of Edith Wharton's novel, The Old Maid. Among her other works are a contribution to the screen adaptation of the musical, Showboat, and two novels, Forever Young (1941) and Cake upon the Water (1951).

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