by George J. Dance


Janet Norris Bangs (1885-1971)[1] was an American poet and housewife.[2]


Bangs was born in La Moille, Illinois, the daughter of Margaret (Hoge) and William Clarkson Norris. She was educated at Princeton (Illinois) High School, and then attended Wellesley College, where she earned an A.B. in 1907. She married Edward Hugh Bangs in 1910.[2]

She lived for a time in Riverside, Cook County, Illinois.[1]

Her verse was published in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. She also did volunteer work for children's aid and conservation groups, gave lectures, and was a member of the League of Women Voters, Bookfellows, the Chicago Ethical Societry, an the Chicago Wellesley Club.[2]

She is buried in Cyrus Hills Cemetery in La Moille.[1]


She was listed in the 1947 volume, Who's Who in Illinois.[2]


  • Cornstalk Fiddle. Prairie City, IL: J.A. Decker, 1947.
  • 80 in the Shade: Poems. Evanston, IL: Schori Press, 1966.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Janet Norris Bangs, Find a Grave, March 3, 2012. Web, May 22, 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Who's Who in Illinois: A biography of leading men and women of the commonwealth. Chicago: Larkin, Roosevelt, & Larkin, 1947. Internet Archive, Web, May 22, 2015.
  3. Search results = au:Janet Norris Bangs, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, May 22, 2015.

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