Orrick Glenday Johns
1887 – 1946
Who was Orrick Glenday Johns?
Johns was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to George Sibley Johns and Minnehaha McDearmon. He lost a leg as a child in St. Louis to a streetcar accident. He won a poetry contest in 1912 hosted by The Lyric Year, despite competing against Edna St. Vincent Millay's famed "Renascence", a victory he felt was misjudged. His first wife was the artist Margarite Frances Baird, also known as Peggy Baird. His second wife was Carolyn Blackman. She was plagued by anorexia and mental illness, and was probably the love of his life. They had a daughter, Charis. His third wife was Doria Berton, mother of his daughter, Deborah. He committed suicide by poisoning himself in Danbury, Connecticut.
His works include:
⁕1925 - Blindfold, a novel
⁕1926 - Wild Plum: Lyrics, with Sonnets to Charis
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