Lenore Marshall, August1971, age 72, photograph by James Marshall, photo courtesy of Jonathan Marshall
BORN: September 7, 1899, New York, New York
DIED: September 23, 1971, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Lenore Marshall makes much less noise than many of her contemporaries, so we must tune ourselves to listen to her modulated voice before we can begin to realize its distinction and authenticity. -Stanley Kunitz
Lenore Marshall, a long-time resident of New Hope, was a novelist and an intensely personal poet who often wrote about individuals attempting to bring order and unity to their lives.
Marshall turned her creative energy to political activism in the 1950s. With Clarence Pickett and Norman Cousins, Marshall founded the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy in 1956, and continued her anti-nuclear work through the 1970s with the Committee for Nuclear Responsibility. Her efforts helped bring about the test ban treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union.
As an editor at Cape and Smith she was instrumental in persuading her employers to print The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner. She also edited As I Lay Dying and a third book by Faulkner.
Marshall had three poetry books published and her poetry appeared in many magazines, including Harpers, and The New Yorker. She wrote three novels including The Hill Is Level (1959) and published two anthologies.
Her last work, Invented A Person - The Personal Record of a Life, was published posthumously in 1979.