Margaret Widdemer was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and grew up in Asbury Park, New Jersey. She graduated from the Drexel Institute Library School in 1909. She began to write as a child and first came to public attention with her collection of poems The Factories, with Other Lyrics (1915), which addressed the issues of child labor and labor abuses. In 1919, she married Robert Haven Schauffler, a cellist and author. Her other published collections of poetry included The Old Road to Paradise (1918), which shared the 1919 Columbia University Prize -- now known as the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry -- with Carl Sandburg’s Cornhuskers. She also wrote essays, reviews, short stories, children's fiction, and more than 30 novels for adult readers. Her memoirs Golden Friends I Had (1964) and Summers at the Colony (1964) describe her friendships with other writers such as Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, Thornton Wilder, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. She served as vice president of the Poetry Society of America and appeared on NBC Radio in a series of talks called "Do You Want to Write?"