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Drew, Elizabeth A.

Elizabeth A. Drew

Elizabeth A. Drew was born in Singapore on December 17, 1887 and educated in England. Before her career at Smith College, she taught English at Girton College, Cambridge, England from 1916-1919, and the University of Cambridge from 1934-1937. She also taught in the summer at the Breadloaf School of English in Middlebury, Vermont from 1940-1946. She survived the V-2 bombings of London during World War Two and soon relocated to the U.S. Shortly after arriving from England, Drew gave a lecture at Smith, and using a letter of introduction from College Dean Ada Comstock, embarked on a lecture tour. She joined the Smith College faculty in 1946 as a lecturer in English. By her later life she had become a well-known author, critic, and lecturer, having published numerous books on poetry, modern literature, and drama. She retired from Smith in 1961 and received an honorary Litt.D. degree at the 1962 Commencement. Drew died in April 1965 at the age of 77 and in her will left the college a bequest of more than $100,000 to be used by the English Department.

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