Hortense Flexner

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Hortense Flexner King (April 12, 1885 – September 28, 1973) was an American poet, playwright, and professor.


She attended Bryn Mawr College. She graduated from the University of Michigan, with a B.A. in 1907, and a M.A. in 1910.[1] She worked for the Louisville Herald.

She married Wyncie King (1884–1961). They moved to Philadelphia. He was a contributor to the Saturday Evening Post. She taught at Bryn Mawr, from 1926 to 1940, and at Sarah Lawrence College from 1942 to 1950.[2] They were friends of Susan Clay Sawitzky,[3] and Martha Gellhorn.[4]

In 1961, she returned to Louisville.[5] Marguerite Yourcenar translated her poetry into French.[6]

Her papers are held at the University of Louisville.[7]


  • Clouds and Cobblestones 1920.
  • The Stubborn Root and Other Poems (1930)
  • North Window and Other Poems (1943)
  • Poems (1961)
  • Selected Poems (1963), with an introduction by English poet Laurie Lee
  • Marguerite Yourcenar (ed.) Presentation Critique d'Hortense Flexner Suivie d'un Choix de Poems (1969),
  • The Selected Poems of Hortense Flexner (1975)
  • Half a Star: Poems by Hortense Flexner
  • Voices (1916)
  • Mahogany (1921)
  • The Faun (1921)
  • The Broken God
  • The Road
  • The Little Miracle
  • Three Wise Men of Gotham


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