Should I give way to this common feeling that artists should contribute something to society; that is, in addition to our work? The writer throughout history has always been a defender of the individual.
I didn't even bother to line up with the other girls. I marched straight to the 'wallflower' seats and opened up my novel. So entranced was I in the plot that I didn't notice the smart line up of boys.
Loving a person can make one vulnerable, dependent and often terribly silly; loving a book can make you strong and independent, the object of admiration, respect, esteem.
Even trailblazing Simone de Beauvoir, who scorned conventional marriage, was not immune from jealousy, nor from retaliation in print.
From the early years of her writing career, Sally Cline has lived near water: by a river or by the sea. She considers how this has influenced her writing.
Diane (Middlebrook)'s study, which crucially extended the right to examine private life, was a turning point in late twentieth century biography.
For many years, Sally Cline has lived a ‘secret life’, spending summers away from her Cambridge home in Austin, Texas. But are her two lives so very different after all?