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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

Edith Wharton - Edith Wharton (née Edith Newbold Jones. January 24, 1862 — August 11, 1937) was an American author. Born into an affluent New York family, Edith was educated… Read more "Edith Wharton"
Hella Haasse - Hella Haasse (Hélène Serafia “Hella” Haasse, married name Hélène Serafia Lelyveld-Haasse; 2 February 1918 – 29 September 2011) was a Dutch writer. She was born in Batavia (modern-day Jakarta),… Read more "Hella Haasse"
Christa Winsloe - Christa Winsloe (nee Christa Kate Winsloe; married name Christa Hatvany, Christa von Hatvany, Christa Hatvany-Winsloe; December 23, 1888 – June 10, 1944) was a German sculptor and… Read more "Christa Winsloe"
Radclyffe Hall - Radclyffe Hall (Marguerite Antonia Radclyffe Hall, 12 August 1880 – 7 October 1943) was an English writer. After her parents’ divorce, in 1883, when she was three, Radclyffe… Read more "Radclyffe Hall"
Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Elizabeth Barrett Browning (née Elizabeth Barrett Moulton-Barrett; 6 March 1806 – 29 June 1861) was an English poet. She was educated at home. Except for some instruction in Greek… Read more "Elizabeth Barrett Browning"


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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