19 GREAT WOMEN WRITERS
AND OTHER FAMOUS WOMEN
compiled by Dee Finney
|5-17-05 - DREAM - I was living in a house that was part of
a piece of land with several houses but two were side by side.
I was asked if I would baby sit and I said, "Yes!", but to my astonishment, they brought 19 cats, two of which were female lionesses.
I was intimidated by the lionesses but they seemed peaceful enough and I shut them all in the garage for the time being.
Each cat belonged to a child which I was baby sitting. Here too, they were all girls.
While this was happening, my first boyfriend Roger was in one of the other houses working on a vehicle. He needed to go somewhere for parts and he said to his friends, "Dolores will drive me to 41st and Villard ",which was way on the north side of the city.
I said, "Sorry! I can't go. I'm baby sitting."
I went back towards my house and one of the little girls who looked quite frail said, "I'm hungry."
At first thought, I wondered if the other house had any food in it because I didn't. I hadn't planned to feed all these kids. If you feed one, you have to feed them all.
I told her, "Okay!" and we all went in the house, after making sure all the cats were safely in the garage.
The little girl busies herself with coloring in a coloring book, and when I was ready to feed her, I went to get her from the coloring book. She looked up and me and said, "I'm not hungry now."
I grabbed her by the hand and said, "When I say you're hungry , you're hungry1", and I took her to the kitchen to feed her.
I then started writing down the names of these girls, along with their birth dates. The only date I can recall was 1875.
NOTE: I discovered this dream was about famous women writers by putting in the key words born 1875, women, lioness. Once I had the first woman and saw she was a writer, then I knew it was about great female writers and changed the keywords to women lioness, writers, and once I had the second lioness reference, I could by then use just famous women writers. By then, I already had the list someone else had posted.
I think what prompted this dream was my comment to Joe yesterday that
I should start writing my fifth book. The time has come for that.
are the women writers? . . . . I turn to the past. There I
find role models and recovered women's literary traditions to draw upon
for inspiration and support. But there I also find centuries of
hardship and struggle. It has rarely been easy to be a woman and a
. . . .
"What does a woman need in order to write?"
. . . ."What does it take to be a woman and a writer today?
. . . And the courage and willingness to:
Without ever getting rid of his German accent, King Carol I had such a subtle command of the Romanian language that he would sometimes correct his ministers' papers. By means of its past as well, Romania has got a reason to prepare for European integration. Queen Elisabeta, also known as Carmen Sylva, was herself a "cultural predecessor" of the European Union, on the basis of the 53 volumes she published in five European languages she spoke fluently. At the time when Carmen Sylva translated Romanian folk songs and poetry into German, nobody knew this would later be called European unity through culture. European Romanticism reached Romania later than other countries on the continent, after 1829, and became established only in the 1840s.
Queen Elisabeta, once settled in her foster country, contributed greatly to the Europenization of Romanian culture and to the promotion of European Romanticism in Romania. The succeeding queen of Romania, Queen Maria, born in 1875 as Princess of Great Britain, niece to Queen Victoria, was to achieve even more for Romania and for Europe. She was called the "Mother of the Balkans", as she gave birth to three of the rulers of the area (Greece, Romania and Yugoslavia), and "Mother of the wounded", as she went to the battlefield and encouraged the Romanian soldiers during the First World War, while facing the plague, the cholera and starvation. After the war, she went on unofficial visits to France and Great Britain, gaining a lot of sympathy for the Romanian cause. In Paris, on the eighth of March 1919, she was invited to review the guard of honour at the Elysee Palace, which was an honour no queen had been granted before.
That same day she was officially received as corresponding member of the Academy of Fine Arts, being the only woman among the men of that institution. Yet, perhaps the Queen's most spectacular "European" and Romanian "victory" was that she obtained for her country the territories which had been taken away: her 1919 visit to the French Prime-Minister Clemenceau has become legendary. In an age when women's involvement in politics or society was not valued greatly, Queen Maria dared to ask the French statesman for help in returning Transylvania (up to the river Tisa) and Banat to Romania, at the end of the First World War.
One often cites
a verbal exchange, which, however, no one can confirm: Clemenceau, also
known as "the tiger", is presumed to have said to the Queen:
"Madame, what you're asking is the lion's share!". To which
Queen Maria allegedly replied: "It is what the lioness
is asking from the tiger". Queen Maria is also the author of
a great number of writings, published in many widespread European
Taken from a page that has been taken off the internet.
|Maryam bint Abi Ya'qub
al-Ansari (11th century Spanish-Moorish lyric):
"What can you expect/from a woman with seventy-seven years..."
|Aisha bint Ahmad al-Qurtubiyya
(10th century Spanish-Moorish lyric):
"I am a lioness..."
|Lady Murasaki Shikibu
(978?-1026?, Heian, Japan):
The Tale of Genji (ca. 1000)
--[Shakespeare's Sister] from Ch. 3 of A Room of One's Own first published in 1929, based on 1928 lectures on "Women and Fiction" )
--[Killing "The Angel in the House"] from Professions for Women (an essay first published posthumously in 1942). Rpt. The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women: The Tradition in English. Eds. Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar. New York: W. W. Norton, 1985. [Excerpt read is from p. 1385]
|Harriett Beecher Stowe (1811-1896;
Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life among the Lowly (first published 1851-1852)
|Charlotte Bronte -
pen name: Currer Bell (1816-1855; U.K.)
Jane Eyre (first published 1848)
|George Eliot - pseudonym
for Marian Evans (1819-1910; U.K.)
[While Cora didn't mention any works by name, her favorite novel by George Eliot is Middlemarch, first published 1871-1872.]
|Another 19th-Century Woman
Novelist mentioned was:
George Sand - pseudonym for Aurore Dupin (France)
|Margaret Atwood (b.
|Alice Walker (b.
--Excerpts read from "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens" from In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose (essays first published in 1983)
|Toni Morrison - born
Chloe Wofford (b. 1931, U.S.A.)
Beloved (first published 1988)
"Now and again thousands of memories
arrange themselves around a central idea
in a coherent form,
and I write a story."
Katherine Anne Porter
"Write without thinking of the result
in terms of a result,
but think of the writing
in terms of discovery,
which is to say that creation
must take place
between the pen and the paper,
not before in a thought
or afterwards in a recasting...
It will come if it is there
and if you will let it come."
Being an artist
means, not reckoning and counting,
but ripening like the tree
which does not force its sap
and stands confident
in the storms of spring
without the fear that after them
may come no summer."
Rainer Maria Rilke
"I started with all the handicaps,
I didn't talk when I was twenty.
I taught myself by the act of writing."
Poems of contemporary Poet, Judith Pordon
Judith Pordon - Flourishing True
Contemporary Women Poets
Catherine Faber - The Word of God
Christine McAuliffe - Hymn to Albaro
Lola Haskins - Sleep Positions
Dorianne Laux - The Shipfitter's Wife
Marilyn Krysl - Summer Solstice
May Sarton - Leaves before the Wind
Jan Struther - The Last Adventure
Stella Padnos - Start/The Stopping
Omololá Ijeoma Ògúnyemí. - Whispers
Jennifer Michael Hecht - September
Naoshi Koriyama - A Loaf of Poetry
Contemporary Women Poets
Lucille Clifton - Wishes for Sons
Carilda Oliver Labra - Eve's Discourse
Gabriela Mistral - Decálogo del Artista
Blanca Varela - Professional Résumé
Isabel Fraire - Mi amor descubre objetos - My Love Reveals Objects
Christina Rossetti - A Green Cornfield
Sarah Teasdale - The Crystal Gazer
Emily Dickinson - Hope is the thing...
Edith Joy Scovell - Deaths of Flowers
Barrett Browning - Sonnet XLI
Lucy Maud Montgomery - The Rovers
Marge Piercy - For the young who want to
BLACK AND WHITE - THE PROBLEMS IN GUATEMALA
STIGMATA - THE MOVIE AND THE REALITY - THE THIRD SECRET OF FATIMA
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