Lady Speyer by John Singer Sargent

Lady Speyer by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), 1907.

Leonora Speyer, Lady Speyer (November 7, 1872 - February 10, 1956) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, and a violinist.


Sir Edgar & Lady Leonora Speyer circa 1921

Leonora Speyer and her husband Sir Edgar Speyer, circa 1921. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Speyer was born Leonora von Stosch in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Count Ferdinand von Stosch of Mantze in Silesia, who fought for the Union.

She studied music in Brussels, Paris, and Leipzig, and played the violin professionally under the batons of Arthur Nikisch and Anton Seidl, among others.

She first married Louis Meredith Howland in 1894,[2] but they divorced in Paris in 1902.[3] She then married banker Edgar Speyer (later Sir Edgar), of London, where the couple lived until 1915.[4]

Sir Edgar had German ancestry and following anti-German attacks on him that year,[4] they moved to the United States and took up residence in New York, where Speyer began writing poetry. [5]

She had four daughters: Enid Howland with her first husband and Pamela, Leonora, and Vivien Claire Speyer with her second husband.[3][4]


Speyer won the 1927 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her book of poetry "Fiddler's Farewell".[6]




  • A Canopic Jar. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1921.
  • Obermmergau. Bernard Wall, 1922.
  • Ballad of a Lost House. privately published, 1924.
  • Fiddler's Farewell. New York: Knopf, 1926.
  • Naked Heel. New York & London: Knopf, 1931.
  • Slow Wall: poems new and selected. New York: Knopf, 1939.
    • Slow Wall; poems, together with nor without music. New York: Knopf. 1946.



  • American Poets: An anthology of contemporary verse (compiled with an introduction). Munich, Germany: Kurt Wolff Verlag, 1923.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[7]

Poems by Leonor SpeyerEdit

  1. The Squall

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