To Have and to Hold. Mary Johnston. Houghton Mifflin, 1900. First edition. “You know what I did to escape them all, to escape that man. I fled from England in the dress of my waiting maid and under her name [Patience Worth]. I came to Virginia in that guise. I let myself be put up, appraised, cried for sale, in that meadow yonder, as if I had been indeed the piece of merchandise I professed myself...Oh despise me, if you will! You cannot despise me more than I despise myself!”
Model reads during Field Day. Photographer Letty Schmiterlow heads into London’s green spaces with a troupe of the finest new faces around, styled to ’40s perfection. TOPSHOT new season zine, 2013. Light blue button up shirt. Light and dark blue camouflage pattern skirt.
Lady with a Book (1945-1946). Vanessa Bell (English, 1879-1961). Oil on canvas. Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Vanessa moved to London with her sister Virginia (later Woolf) and brothers, Thoby and Adrian. Their Thursday evening ‘At Homes’ marked the beginning of the Bloomsbury Group. In 1907 she married Clive Bell. In 1909 she exhibited with the New English Art Club. Her association with Roger Fry led her to embrace a more modern style of painting.
Moll Flanders. Daniel Defoe. Wordsworth Editions, 1993. The full title gives insight into the plot: “The Fortunes & Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, &c. Who was Born in Newgate, & during a Life of continu’d Variety for Threescore Years, besides her Childhood, was Twelve Year a Whore, five times a Wife (whereof once to her own Brother), Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon in Virginia, at last grew Rich, liv’d Honest, & died a Penitent. Written from her own…