Lenore GuinzburgMarshall

A talented writer and poet in her own right, editor Lenore Guinzburg Marshall pushed her publishing company to publish William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury after it had been rejected by twelve other publishers. Marshall edited Barnard College’s literary magazine before graduating in 1919. From 1929–1932 she worked as an editor for Cape and Smith Publishing, where she discovered Faulkner’s novel, and in 1938 became poetry editor of American Mercury. She published her first novel, Only the Fear, in 1935 and her first poetry collection, No Boundary, in 1943, going on to write three poetry collections, three novels, and a short story collection, as well as numerous essays and a memoir which was published posthumously. Over the years, she served as director of PEN, the Poetry Society of America, Pen and Brush, the Authors’ League, and the MacDowell Colony. A lifelong activist, Marshall co-founded the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy in 1956 and became founding co-director of the Committee for Nuclear Responsibility in 1971.

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New York, NY
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