Janet Lewis

(17 August 1899 - 30 November 1998 / Chicago, Illinois)

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Janet Loxley Lewis was an American novelist and poet.


Lewis was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she was a member of a literary circle that included Glenway Wescott, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, and her future husband Yvor Winters. She was an active member of the University of Chicago Poetry Club. She taught at both Stanford University in California, and the University of California at Berkeley.

She wrote The Wife of Martin Guerre (1941) which is the tale of one man's deception and another’s cowardice. Her first novel was The Invasion: A Narrative of Events Concerning the Johnson Family of St. Mary's ... more »

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  • Basil DePinto(11/16/2018 9:03:00 AM)

    Lewis wrote, in Child in a Garden III, of the hummingbird: ...in thin air standing - motion and quiet reconciled.
    She is the poet of nature and the inner workings of the heart, and of reconciliation in the person and in the world.

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Best Poem of Janet Lewis


Swift and subtle
The flying shuttle
Crosses the web
And fills the loom,
Leaving for range
Of choice or change
No time, no room.

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