This brief timeline highlights the major events in the life of Adelaide Crapsey.
1878 - Adelaide Crapsey is born on September 9 in Brooklyn, New York.
1879 - Family moves to Rochester, New York.
1893 - Enters Kemper Hall boarding school in Kenosha, Wisconsin along with her older sister Emily.
1897 - Graduates as valedictorian from Kemper Hall; Enters Vassar College where she was class poet for three years and editor-in-chief of the 1901 Vassarion (yearbook).
1901 - Graduates from Vassar; Sister Emily dies from appendicitis.
1902 - Returns to Kemper Hall to teach literature and history
1904 - Travels to Rome to study at the School of Classical Studies of the American Academy.
1905 - Returned home to attend the heresy trial of her father, Reverend Algernon Sidney Crapsey, an Episcopal minister.
1906 - Teaches at Miss Lowe's School in Stamford, Connecticut.
1907 - Older brother Philip dies of malaria; Accompanies father to the Hague Peace Conference and on a walking tour of Wales.
1908 - Stops teaching at Miss Lowe's due to poor health.
1909 - Returns to Europe spending time in Rome, London, and Kent; Conducts research on metrics at the British Museum; Financial difficulties and health issues.
1911 - Returns from Europe to teach poetics at Smith College; Diagnosed with tuberculin meningitis; Writes first cinquains.
1913 - Collapses and is sent to a private nursing home in Saranac Lake, New York.
1914 - Returns home to Rochester in August; Dies on October 8.
For more information, consult the following biographies:
- Alone in the Dawn: The Life of Adelaide Crapsey (1988), by Karen Alkalay-Gut
- Adelaide Crapsey (1933), by Mary Osborn.