John Cournos (Poet) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

John Cournos, born Ivan Grigorievich Korshun, was a writer and translator of Russian-Jewish background who spent his later life in exile.

About John Cournos

Imagist poet and author whose works include The Devil is an English Gentleman and A Boy Named John. He wrote much of his work under the pseudonym of John Corky.

Before Fame

He was born in Russia to Jewish parents, and he and his family immigrated to the United States in 1891.


When writing for The Philadelphia Record, Cournos adopted the additional pseudonym of “Gorky.”

Family Life

He married fellow author Helen Kestner.


He had an extra-marital affair with author Dorothy L. Sayers. A fictionalized version of the relationship appears in Sayers’ novel Strong Poison and in Cournos’ work The Devil Is an English Gentleman.

Information related to John Cournos

  • Imagists
  • British male short story writers
  • British essayists
  • British short story writers
  • British anti-communists
  • Russian–English translators
  • Imperial Russian emigrants to the United Kingdom
  • 20th-century British poets
  • Russian anti-communists
  • British translators
  • British expatriates in the United States
  • British male poets
  • British male novelists
  • Imperial Russian emigrants to the United States
  • 20th-century British novelists

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Latest information about John Cournos updated on August 26, 2020.

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