Josephine Preston Peabody was born in Brooklyn in 1874. She was educated at Radcliffe. For the period of 1901 - 1903 she served as an instructor in English literature at Wellesley College. She married Lionel Marks, a Harvard professor in 1906 and thereafter made her home in Cambridge.
She wrote the childrens book, "The little book of Old Greek Folk Stories." In addition to this book for children, she also wrote poetry and verse drama. Volumes of poetry include "The Wayfarers" (1898), "The Singing Leaves" (1903), and "The Harvest Moon" (1916). Among her dramas in verse are "Fortune and Men's Eyes" (1900), "Marlowe" (1901), "The Piper" (1909), and "The Wolf of Gubbio" (1913). Of these, "The Piper" was the most highly acclaimed: a dramatic retelling of the classic story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, it took top prize at the Stratford Play Competition in 1910.