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ADALIZA C. PHELPS (1823 – 1852)

Adaliza C. Phelps. The Life of Christ and Other Poems (1852), frontispiece.

ADALIZA C. PHELPS (1823 – 1852)

Adaliza Phelps, a lifelong resident of Jaffrey, New Hampshire, wrote poetry without the intention or the financial need to publish. The third of five siblings, she had two older sisters who also died in their late twenties, the eldest of whom had also been a poet. While many of her poems contain religious sentiment, she made no public declaration of her faith until she was in the last stages of her illness and joined the Congregational church. Her volume of poetry, The Life of Christ and Other Poems, appeared in print after her death in 1852 at the request of her friends.



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