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Mary Moss

Despite living at home with her parents for much of her life, Mary Moss lived a vivid existence through the lives she investigated as a journalist and the ones she invented in her fiction. Moss’s father was a surgeon who served in the Civil War and made his family home a haven for intellectuals. Moss was educated in private schools and began writing for the Philadelphia Times and Philadelphia Press in 1900, covering topics from Yiddish theater to the lives of women working in cranberry bogs, and from child care to mental illness. She also wrote short stories published in Atlantic Monthly and The Nation, among other journals, and wrote two novels, A Sequence in Hearts, in 1903, and The Poet and the Parish, in 1906. While she mainly lived at home and nursed her parents through their final illnesses, she also travelled to research articles and performed with her piano quartet at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. After her parents died, she suffered her own illnesses, dying while on a tour of Europe.

Date of Birth
September 24, 1864
Place of Birth
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Death
April 2, 1914

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Mary Moss." (Viewed on December 15, 2018) <>.


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