in Famous Poems
I often passed the Door of Dreams
But never stepped inside,
Though sometimes, with surprise, I saw
The door was open wide.
Jessie Belle Rittenhouse was born on December 8, 1869, in Mount Morris, NY. She was a poet, literary critic, compiler of poetry anthologies, and lecturer. She compiled many poetry anthologies that included work from some poets who would become well-known, such as Sara Teasdale and Edna St. Vincent Millay.
In 1910, Jessie helped found the Poetry Society in America. In 1924, she married fellow poet Clinton Scollard, and they moved to Florida and founded the Poetry Society of Florida.
She taught modern poetry courses at Rollins College in Florida, and in 1928, they awarded her an honorary doctorate of literature degree.
After her husband, Clinton, died in 1932, Jessie wrote her autobiography, My House of Life.
Jessie B. Rittenhouse passed away on September 28, 1948.