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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

Carmen Dolores (Emília Moncorvo Bandeira de Mello) - Carmen Dolores (March 11, 1852 – August 16, 1910) was the pen-name of Brazilian writer Emília Moncorvo Bandeira de Mello. She was born in Rio de Janeiro… Read more "Carmen Dolores (Emília Moncorvo Bandeira de Mello)"
Maria Benedita Bormann - Maria Benedita Bormann (née Maria Benedita Bormann of Câmara Lima; November 25, 1853 – July 23, 1895) was a Brazilian writer. Little is known about her formal… Read more "Maria Benedita Bormann"
André Gide - André Gide (André Paul Guillaume Gide, 22 November 1869 – 19 February 1951) was a French writer. Born into an austere Protestant family, Gide was educated mostly at… Read more "André Gide"
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"


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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