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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

John Oliver Hobbes - John Oliver Hobbes (pen name of Pearl Mary Teresa Craigie, born Richards. November 3, 1867 – August 13, 1906) was an Anglo-American writer. Hobbes was born in… Read more "John Oliver Hobbes"
May Sinclair - May Sinclair (pen name of Mary Amelia St. Clair; August 24th, 1863 – November 14th, 1946) was an English writer. When Sinclair was seven years old, her… Read more "May Sinclair"
Marghanita Laski - Marghanita Laski (October 24th, 1915 – February 6th, 1988) was an English writer. Born to a family of Jewish intellectuals, Laski attended a school for girls in… Read more "Marghanita Laski"
Rosemary Manning - Rosemary Manning (Rosemary Joy Manning , 9 December 1911 – 5 April 1988; pen names Sarah Davys and Mary Voyle) was an English author. Manning attended the… Read more "Rosemary Manning"
Karolina Pavlova - Karolina Pavlova (Karolina Karlovna Pavlova – Кароли́на Ка́рловна Па́влова; born Karolina Karlovna Jaenisch, 22 July 1807 – 14 December 1893) was a Russian author. Born to a… Read more "Karolina Pavlova"


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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