Estelle A. B. LewisEstelle A. B. Lewis
American Dramatist and Poet
1824 – 1880 A.D.

Estelle Anna Blanche Lewis, an American dramatist and poet. While a school-girl she made a verse-rendering of the Aeneid into English.

Her best dramatic work, Sappho of Lesbos (1868), a tragedy, ran through seven editions, was translated into modern Greek, and played at Athens.

Edgar Allen Poe spoke of her as the rival of Sappho, and Lamartine called her the “female Petarch.”

She also wrote two other tragedies, Helémah, or the Fall of Montezuma, and The King’s Stratagem, as well as several books of poems.


Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.