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History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
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Brilliant, Troubled Dorothy Parker

Brilliant, Troubled Dorothy Parker | Herstory | Scoop.it
What are we to make today of this famous woman who, beginning almost a century ago, has fascinated generations with her wit, flair, talent, and near genius for self-destruction?
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The Wilder Women

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The publication of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s letters reveal more about the collaboration—and the politics—of Laura and her daughter Rose.

In late 2014, the South Dakota Historical Society Press published Laura Ingalls Wilder’s pre-Little House memoir, intended for adults, Pioneer Girl.  S ...

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The Women Behind Erotic Fiction

The Women Behind Erotic Fiction | Herstory | Scoop.it
Warning: The captions of this post are excerpts from the featured writers' erotic literature and contain sexually explicit language.  Who are the people behind erotic fiction, those accounts of racy affairs and clandestine romances so often stashed away in secret, read in the privacy of one’s home?
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Quote: “Easy to imagine they would be foxy, leather-clad mistresses, whip in one hand, the other on the keyboard. I knew the reality would be very different. I wanted to see behind their pseudonyms and secret lives,” Woolfall said in a statement.


Why even begin with the nasty stereotype? Do men get that wrap?

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Why female writers get trolled the most

Why female writers get trolled the most | Herstory | Scoop.it

With the exception of Piers Morgan, a study finds that female writers face disproportionate negativity online (RT @RoleReboot: Why female writers get trolled the most http://t.co/gJGfD8Rf5F via @Salon)...


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The Legend of Vera Nabokov: Why Writers Pine for a Do-It-All Spouse

The Legend of Vera Nabokov: Why Writers Pine for a Do-It-All Spouse | Herstory | Scoop.it
The rarity of spouses like Vladimir Nabokov's, who dedicated her life to supporting his career, may be hindering gender parity in literature.

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Mary Shelley letters discovered in Essex archive

Mary Shelley letters discovered in Essex archive | Herstory | Scoop.it

Professor finds cache of previously unpublished letters by author of Frankenstein, written between 1831 and 1849


...The letters date between 1831, nine years after the death of her poet husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, and 1849, when Mary Shelley was already unwell with the brain tumour that would kill her two years later, and show a woman who was skilled in charming favours from friends, bursting with pride in and concern for her teenage son – and not unconcerned with frivolities. A last-minute ticket to the coronation of William IV in 1831 necessitated a 3am visit from her hairdresser; she attended the event sporting a plumed headdress ("The whole thing was wondrously splendid – Diamonds & cloth of gold grew common to the eye.")


The later letters, written in an increasingly scrawled hand, are short and distracted, full of apologies for her failing memory and powers. To a number of them is still attached a blob of scarlet wax stamped with the author's own seal – one that was not previously known, according to Crook.


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Women Readers, Women Writers in 19th and Early 20th Century Lebanon

Women Readers, Women Writers in 19th and Early 20th Century Lebanon | Herstory | Scoop.it
In Anbara Khalidi's Memoirs of an Early Arab Feminist: The Life and Activism of Anbara Salam Khalidi, Khalidi spends a fair bit of time discussing her views of literature, magazines, and writers.
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Doris Lessing: a woman ahead of her time - Telegraph

Doris Lessing: a woman ahead of her time - Telegraph | Herstory | Scoop.it

The impact of Doris Lessing is still profound, says Gaby Woo.

 

"Already, in the hours since the death of Doris Lessing was announced, many   people will have watched a widely circulated video, filmed on her doorstep   in 2007. In it, she has just been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature,   the news of which is relayed to her by reporters who greet her as she   alights from a London taxi. “Oh Christ,” she says in apparent irritation,   and puts down her shopping bags. Watching, you think she must have heard it   wrong. But no. Pausing to check whether she or her companion have left   anything behind in the cab, she turns to the assembled camera crews and   sighs. “I’m sure you’d like some uplifting remarks of some kind,” she says. 

 

Bids for popularity were not Doris Lessing’s thing. Of course, in many ways   that made her more appealing..."


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Sylvia Plath's Drawings Are Even More Devastatingly Beautiful Than You'd Expect

Sylvia Plath's Drawings Are Even More Devastatingly Beautiful Than You'd Expect | Herstory | Scoop.it
Sylvia Plath is known mostly for her poetry and prose, but arguably the same degree of violent, exuberant feeling may be found in her sketch work, now published in a volume entitled Sylvia Plath: Drawings.
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How does your husband like the ‘research’ for your erotica?

How does your husband like the ‘research’ for your erotica? | Herstory | Scoop.it

Chuck Wendig asked women authors to tell the idiotic/sexist/misogynist/offensive questions they get asked. Read the whole comments thread.


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Why Sylvia Plath Still Haunts Us

Why Sylvia Plath Still Haunts Us | Herstory | Scoop.it
Even half a century after her suicide, both her work and her life remain thrilling and horrifying.
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An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
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