In the spring, one should be suspicious of witches disguised as hares—at least that’s what the woman, who had lost faith in herself long ago, had read once in a book about faerie creatures. And this is what she...
In my youth, many a story of rip-roaring adventure, thrills, unbelievable coincidences, and misplaced shoes often began with the following exchange: “What happened to you last night? You look wrecked!” “My friend, you would not believe me if I told...
She had eyes like apple seeds. A small, angular face that reminded me of a fox’s mask. Was it a mask she wore the whole time I was with her? The thing about faeries is, they’re not like us, material. Indeed, they most resemble assemblages...
Earth has not any thing to show more fair: Dull would he be of soul who could pass by A sight so touching in its majesty: This City now doth, like a garment, wear The beauty of the morning; silent,...
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely...
By Sara Cleto and Brittany Warman “She was tall; —a queen might wear Such a proud imperial air; She was tall, yet when unbound, Swept her bright hair to the ground, Glittering like the gold you see On a young laburnum tree. Yet...
Surely the most lush and extravagant creative-writing workshop in history played out in June 1816 at Lord Byron’s summer rental on Lake Geneva. It was a “wet, ungenial summer,” according to the preface Mary Shelley wrote for the 1831...
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

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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...