The earth was overwhelmed with beauty and indifferent to it, and I went with a heart ready to crack for its unbearable loveliness.
– Josephine Winslow Johnson
born in Kirkwood, Missouri, The United States June 20, 1910
died: February 27, 1990
genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction
American novelist, poet, and essayist who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1935 at age 24 for her first novel, Now in November. Shortly thereafter, she published Winter Orchard, a collection of short stories that had previously appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Vanity Fair, The St. Louis Review, and Hound & Horn. Of these stories, “Dark” won an O. Henry Award in 1934, and “John the Six” won an O. Henry Award third prize the following year. Johnson continued writing short stories and won three more O. Henry Awards: for “Alexander to the Park” (1942), “The Glass Pigeon” (1943), and “Night Flight” (1944).