Month: January 2019

Marguerite de Navarre de Angoulême: A Marvelous Contempt for all the Vanities of this World, French, (1492-1549)

Marguerite de Navarre was born in Angoulême on 11 April 1492, the eldest child of  Louise of Savoy and Charles, Count of Angoulême, who was a descendent of Charles V. He was the eventual successor to the French crown, as imposed by masculine primogeniture law, in case Charles VIII and his heir, Louis, Duke of Orleans, would not produce a son. Marguerite’s father died when she was only four years old, but nevertheless, she received an excellent education. She also studied Latin. Today, she is considered one of the most important women of modern times. She was two years...

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Carolyn G. Heilbrun: Writing and Reinventing Women’s Lives, American, 1926-2003

Carolyn G. Heilbrun is a writer who influenced me tremendously. I read her book Writing a Woman’s Life in my late twenties and it made such an impact on me that I determined to keep its tenets in mind in all my future writing endeavors: Write what has not been written about women’s lives. Give them different plot lines and endings other than death or marriage. Dare to imagine what has not been imagined for women or what has been left out. Describe sex from the woman’s point of view, create self-identified female characters; ambitious, powerful women who still...

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