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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

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"
Júlia Lopes de Almeida - Júlia Lopes de Almeida (Julia Valentina da Silva Lopes de Almeida, September 24, 1862 – May 30, 1934) was a Brazilian writer. Born in Rio de Janeiro,… Read more "Júlia Lopes de Almeida"
Frances Burney - Frances Burney (also known as Fanny Burney; married name Madame d’Arblay; 13 June 1752 – 6 January 1840) was an English writer. While her sisters were sent… Read more "Frances Burney"
Annie Ernaux - Annie Ernaux (born Annie Duchesne; 1 September 1940) is a French author. She attended a Lycée and studied at the Universities of Rouen and Bordeaux. Ernaux became a certified teacher, then… Read more "Annie Ernaux"
Lydia Chukovskaya - Lydia Chukovskaya (Lydia Korneyevna Chukovskaya/ Ли́дия Корне́евна Чуко́вская, 24 March 1907 – February 8, 1996) was a Russian writer. Born in Helsingfors (now Helsinki), which was then… Read more "Lydia Chukovskaya"


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, Mariner Books (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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