The men who wrote history’s most luscious movement into being had personalities as big as their characters’. They believed in genius and expected it from themselves—that unusual ability to get everything right the first time, as if taking dictation...
America’s favorite sharpshooter suffered a sugary makeover in Hollywood and Broadway depictions, which depicted her as someone willing to throw matches and stomach bratty men. In truth, the Ohio-born performer was both steelier and savvier, with lots for a...
Photography by Kyle Cassidy, Strange Star Mary Shelley, A One-Woman Show by Jennifer Summerfield

Strange Star

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Interview by Carolyn Turgeon Photography by Kyle Cassidy Strange Star Mary Shelley, A One-Woman Show by Jennifer Summerfield “Don’t leave it to the men to write my story, I beg of you. I saw my mother’s fame defiled by the men who...
Photography by Courtney Fox   What sweeter balm than nature to soothe the lonely soul? In this poem, Wordsworth gives his readers a Romantic description of nature’s beauty through the point of view of a “lonely cloud.” I know that in...
The old woman could be seen as a shadow against skeletal trees that scratched at a threatening sky, for she took solace in late night winter storms that would send most people deep under their blankets to pray for...

Wild Irish Girl

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About the Feature image: Engraving of Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan, 1846, by Samuel Freeman, after John Comerford. Image courtesy The National Photographic Archive, National Library of Ireland If there is any comparison to be made between Sydney Owenson and other...

Child of Love and Light

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Feature image: Portait of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 1831, by Samuel John Stump "I perceived in the gloom a figure which stole from behind a clump of trees near me; I stood fixed, gazing intently: I could not be mistaken. A...
Illustration by Guinevere von Sneeden

The Quest

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Illustration by Guinevere von Sneeden You watch from the forest path as she emerges from the heavy oak door of her cottage and ventures straight into the woods, ignoring pathways and deer trails. You follow, careful not to make any...

Creatures of the Snow

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Art by Sigrid Rødli The snow and ice bring with it a pantheon of winter spirits that range from the benevolent to the purely evil with every shade of slushy gray in between—from impish Frost Faeries that paint the autumn...
Photography by Katerina Plotnikova There are souls whose hearts beat out an unkept rhythm that can’t help but keep them on the margins of our ordinary world. She was one of those wild souls—the young lady in the park who...