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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

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"
Albertine Sarrazin - Albertine Sarrazin (17 September 1937 – 10 July 1967) was a French-Algerian author. She was abandoned shortly after her birth, in Algiers, and put in the care… Read more "Albertine Sarrazin"
Emily Holmes Coleman - Emily Coleman (1899–1974) was an American writer. Her mother passed away when Emily was a child, and she was sent to a boarding school. She then attended… Read more "Emily Holmes Coleman"


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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