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New “Who Was She?” (cross-posted from social media)
Bayard Taylor’s “Who Was She?” is a lovely and moving story of a man and a woman in the Gilded Age who grope toward emotional and intellectual intimacy entirely via the written word. She knows his identity; hers, over the year or two of their correspondence, is a mystery to him. I was probably eleven or twelve when I first read it about ninety years after its original publication; a decade later, I lived something like the tale, and it has sufficiently coiled around the old brainstem that earlier in the present century I was moved to transcribe the thing (duplicating as nearly as I could the typography of the 1915 anthology of Greatest Short Stories in which I originally encountered the yarn) and render it into glorious ecumenical PDF, which I am pleased to share with anyone here who might be receptive to its melancholy charm.

cordially,
New Not sure why, but it's stragely familiar.
Alex

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

-- Isaac Asimov
New Could be…
turns out I posted it here some years back.

cordially,
     “Who Was She?” (cross-posted from social media) - (rcareaga) - (2)
         Not sure why, but it's stragely familiar. -NT - (a6l6e6x) - (1)
             Could be… - (rcareaga)

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