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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

Marita Bonner - Marita Bonner (née Marita Odette Bonner; married name Marita Odette Bonner Occomy. June 16, 1899 – December 7, 1971) was an African-American writer. She attended Brookline High School in… Read more "Marita Bonner"
Sara Gallardo - Sara Gallardo (Sara Gallardo Drago Miter; December 23, 1931 – June 14, 1988) was an Argentine author. Born to a wealthy family of landowners, politicians and intellectuals,… Read more "Sara Gallardo"
Fumiko Hayashi - Fumiko Hayashi (林芙 美 子; December 31, 1903, some sources say 1904 – June 28, 1951) was a Japanese writer. Born out of wedlock to a family… Read more "Fumiko Hayashi"
Violette Leduc - Violette Leduc (7 April 1907 – 28 May 1972) was a French author. Born out of wedlock to the son of a wealthy family for whom her… Read more "Violette Leduc"
Mary de Morgan - Mary de Morgan (Mary Auguste De Morgan, 24 February 1850 – 18 May 1907) was an English writer. She was born to a family of intellectuals: her… Read more "Mary de Morgan"


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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