Just TOO incredible…

July 22, 2009 at 11:14 pm (books) (, , , )

Well, I always wanted to have a publication listed on Amazon.com – but a listing for my most recent article in JASNA’s Persuasions — that’s going a bit too far. Although published in the journal, JASNA put the article online — free to all! So why is Amazon listing this as an eDocument for the price of $9.95???

If I got even a slice of the $9.95 maybe I wouldn’t mind so much.

See the listing yourself: Amazon. Am I flattered, or just annoyed?? (and, no, the ‘surviving and thriving as a collegiate debate coach’ isn’t mine. is there really another author with my name and even my middle initial??)

To get “Derbyshires Corresponding” for free see JASNA (any and all comments welcome!) And if anyone really wants to┬áspend ten bucks, I’ve got a research trip I’m saving for… all contributions welcome to that too.

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Funny thing happened today…

July 6, 2009 at 1:45 pm (portraits and paintings) (, , , , , )

I received a lovely email from Eliza, who has been ‘saving’ and ‘rescuing’ items related to the Tupper family. One of the items turns out to be a sketchbook by Mimi Smith’s daughter (Mary Gosling’s grand-daughter), Florence. As a coincidence, this turn-up is slightly astounding. Gearing up for a couple of talks in Hyde Park, Vermont (in August and September), my topic is lady artists – those who would never have thought to make a living at what they did, but who enjoyed drawing and painting enough to do it quite well. Unless the sketches can be dated (Mimi’s portrait is surely based on a photograph of her – though it may have been done long after the photo was taken; especially since the face looks quite young and the year of her death is penned in beside the biographical information the artist saw fit to include), it’s difficult to guess how old little Florence would have been. But as it seems a lesson in drawing (pen and ink) and coloring (watercolor), based on existing pictures, she must have been fairly young. A teenager, perhaps.

I thank Eliza for sharing her ‘find’ with me! Just proves my point that we never know what will turn up in someone’s closet or attic or rubbish bin…

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