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“It is best for us to continue in the belief that Eve actually ate an apple, and immediately ruined Adam in consequence! I like this belief, too, it speaks so well for the progressive power of women.” – 26 July 1857, ‘Early journalism’, in The Morgesons and Other Writings

Elizabeth Drew Stoddard

The sadness of others one should leave alone. It is a small garden, a fragile delicate Arcadia, one should not disturb it. –  I Am the Brother of XX

Fleur Jaeggy

Menagerie of Authors

Rhoda Broughton - Rhoda Broughton (29 November 1840 – 5 June 1920) was a Welsh writer. As the youngest daughter of a clergyman, Broughton was given a classical education at home… Read more "Rhoda Broughton"
Charlotte Smith - Charlotte Turner Smith (4 May 1749 – 28 October 1806) was an English author. Her mother died when she was three years old and, immediately afterwards, her… Read more "Charlotte Smith"
Carmen Laforet - Carmen Laforet (6 September 1921 – 28 February 2004) was a Spanish writer. Born in Barcelona, Carmen moved to Las Palmas, in the island of Gran Canaria, part of… Read more "Carmen Laforet"
Sibilla Aleramo - Sibilla Aleramo (pseudonym of Marta Felicina “Rina” Faccio; 14 August 1876 – 13 January 1960) was an Italian author and one of the most important Italian feminists… Read more "Sibilla Aleramo"
Brigid Brophy - Brigid Brophy (Brigid Antonia Brophy, Lady Levey, 12 June 1929 – 7 August 1995) was a British writer. The only daughter of the Anglo-Irish novelist John Brophy, Brigid… Read more "Brigid Brophy"


About this [blank] garden

“I am younger each year at the first snow.”
– Anne Sexton, in a letter to W. D. Snodgrass, in 1958.
A Self-portrait in Letters, (2004)

This is my blank space. A white page, as good as a garden covered in snow, not yet cultivated, but with some strong Spring hidden within; something simple, clean, yet to be stained; a seed with some flower all curled up inside, first waiting, then slowly unraveling.

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