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McGinley, Phyllis

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Born: 1905 AD
Died: 1978 AD, at 72 years of age.

Nationality: Unknown
Categories: Poets

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1905 - Born on March 21st in Ontario, Oregon.

1937 - Married to Charles Hayden.

1940-1950 - Wrote the poetry, A Pocketful of Wry, Husbands Are Difficult, The Horse That Lived Upstairs, Stones From Glass Houses, All Around The Town and The Love Letters of Phyllis McGinley.

1961 - Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Times Three: Selected Verse From Three Decades.

1978 - Died on February 22nd in New York, New York.

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