The PBA Galleries auction “Miniature Books from the Lilliput Oval Saloon” takes place online on December 8.
She remembered an unusual silence that morning – a stillness in the trees and in the farmyard, and a deadness in the house itself, no sounds from the kitchen, and no one moving up and down the stairs. But she wondered later if the silence had been real or, instead, if it had been something she had merely imagined afterwards. She was unsure if the news had not actually changed her memory of the hours that came before. At times she thought that it hardly mattered, but at other times, especially when she woke to dawn light and dawn birdsong, the details of how word of Robert’s death came, and precisely what the period before was like, belonged to her life as much as her breath did, or her heartbeat.Read more
|Unknown Artist Marcia Painting Self-Portrait using Mirror |
(from Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) De claris mulieribus,
Anonymous French Translantio, Le livre de femmes nobles et renomees,
France c 1440 British Library Artiste faisant son autoportrait
|Roman des Girart von Roussillon, Cod. 2449, f. 167v, Flemish, 1447, |
Österreichishe Nationalbibliothek, Vienna. Women Building
|Livre de la Cité des dames, c. 1401-1500, Français 607, f. 2r, |
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits.
Yesterday, as Dennis Duncan has noted, was the seventieth anniversary of a controversial book – J’irai cracher sur vos tombes (I Shall Spit on Your Graves) by one “Vincent Sullivan” – who was really Boris Vian in a mischievous mood. Go back further, another thirty years: today, November 22, it is a century since the death of Jack London, another self-inventing and occasionally trouble-making author.More: TLS