Janet Lewis

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

Biography of Janet Lewis

Janet Lewis poet

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 (1932). Other prose works include The Trial of Soren Qvist (1947), The Ghost of Monsieur Scarron (1959), and the volume of short fiction, Good-bye, Son, and Other Stories (1946).

Lewis was also a poet, and concentrated on imagery, rhythms, and lyricism to achieve her goal. Among her works are The Indians in the Woods (1922), and the later collections Poems, 1924-1944 (1950), and Poems Old and New, 1918-1978 (1981). She also collaborated with Alva Henderson, a composer for whom she wrote three libretti and several song texts.

She married the American poet and critic Yvor Winters in 1926. Together they founded Gyroscope, a literary magazine that lasted from 1929 until 1931.

Lewis died at her home in Los Altos, California, in 1998, at the age of 99.

Janet Lewis's Works:

The Indians in the Woods. Published by Monroe Wheeler, as Manikin Number One, Bonn, Germany, n.d. [1922]
The Wheel in Midsummer Lynn, Mass, The Lone Gull, 1927.
The Earth-Bound' Aurora, New York, Wells College Press, 1946
Poems 1924 – 1944 Denver, Alan Swallow, 1950
The Ancient Ones Portola Valley, California: No Dead Lines, 1979
The Indians in the Woods 2nd edition with new preface, Palo-Alto California, Matrix Press, 1980.
Poems Old and New 1918 – 1978 Chicago/Athens, Ohio: Swallow Press / Ohio University Press 1981
Late Offerings Florence, Ky, Robert L. Barth, 1988
Janet and Deloss: Poems and Pictures San Diego, Brighton Press 1990
The Dear Past and other poems 1919 – 1994 Edgewood Ky, Robert L. Barth, 1994
The Selected Poems of Janet Lewis thens Ohio, Swallow Press / Ohio University Press, 2000

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At Carmel Highlands

Below the gardens and the darkening pines
The living water sinks among the stones,
Sinking yet foaming till the snowy tones
Merge with the fog drawn landward in dim lines.
The cloud dissolves among the flowering vines,
And now the definite mountain-side disowns
The fluid world, the immeasurable zones.
Then white oblivion swallows all designs.
But still the rich confusion of the sea,

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