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BERNICE LESBIA KENYON
Bernice Lesbia Kenyon (1898?-1982) was a Wellesley-educated writer who in the 1920s and 1930s was regarded alongside Edna St. Vincent Millay and Louise Bogan as one of the best young female poets. Kenyon also worked in publishing, serving as a story editor at Scribner's magazine and as an editorial assistant to Maxwell Perkins in Scribner's book division. There she worked with many of Perkins's famous authors, including Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. In addition to penning short stories and four volumes of poetry, Kenyon wrote the libretto for her friend Ephrem Zimbalist's opera Landara (1956).
Cover, author's inscription to Christopher Morley, and "The City Dweller" from Bernice Lesbia Kenyon's Songs of Unrest, 1920-1922 (New York: Scribners, 1923)
Songs of Unrest, 1920-1922 is Kenyon's first collection of verse. When published by Scribner's in 1923, the volume was praised in the New York Times for its "depth of thought." The reviewer likened her writing to that of A. E. Houseman, and applauded Kenyon's ability "to produce her desired effect" through simple images and diction. The column that Kenyon references in her inscription to Christopher Morley, is likely the writer's "The Bowling Green" column, which was appearing at the time in the New York Evening Post.