by George J. Dance

Mary Carolyn Davies (1888-1940?). Courtesy Second Hand Songs.

Mary Carolyn Davies (1888-1940?) was an American poet and prose writer.[1]

Life[edit | edit source]

Davies was born in Sprague, Washington, January 1, 1888.

She moved to Portland, Oregon in 1900.[1]

In 1911 she entered the University of California, Berkeley, where she won the Bohemian Club prize and the Emily Cook Prize for Poetry as a freshman; but dropped out after a year.[1]

She moved to New York City, where she supported herself by hack literary work, while also writing poetry in her spare time.[1]

Her earliest book was published in 1918. Soon after, she moved back to Oregon and married Leland Davis (a marriage which ended in divorce). During the 1920's she published in magazines that included Collier’s, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, McClure’s, and Poetry, and in prominent anthologies like the Bookman Anthology of Verse and Modern American Poetry. She was elected president of the Women's Press Club of Oregon in 1920, and president of the Northwest Poetry Society in 1924.[1]

In 1930 she moved back to New York, and published little in the following decade. In 1940 the Oregonian reported that she was destitute; the paper's poetry editor visited her in New York, and found her living in a "deplorable state." There is no record of her death.[1]

Recognition[edit | edit source]

In 1912 Davies became the 1st woman to win the Bohemian Club Prize for poetry.[2]

Publications[edit | edit source]

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Poetry[edit | edit source]

Play[edit | edit source]

Novel[edit | edit source]

Juvenile[edit | edit source]

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]


Cloistered Mary Carolyn Davies Audiobook Short Poetry

Poems by Mary Carolyn Davies[edit | edit source]

  1. The Last of the Cowboys

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Don Colburn, Mary Carolyn Davies, Oregon Encylopedia, Portland State University, Web, July 13, 2012.
  2. Mary Carolyn Davies, Greenwich Village Bookshop Door, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin. Web, Oct. 3, 2018.
  3. Songs (1913), Internet Archive. Web, June 4, 2013.
  4. Search results = au:Mary Carolyn Davies, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, June 28, 2014.

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