Mary MacLane site update

Added amusing exchange from New York World interview of 28 April 1902: She was at work in her mother’s kitchen when the correspondent of The World called on her to-day and asked her to talk about her book and the fame it promised her. “What does your mother say about you?” the young authoress was asked during the conversation. “Oh, she says, ‘Mary, it is time to get the potatoes.'”

Added letter from Ambrose Bierce to George Sterling – April 17, 1905: I read that other book to the bitter end – the “Arthur Sterling” [sic. – Stirling] thing. He is the most disagreeable character in fiction, though Marie Bashkirtseff and Mary McLean in real life could give him cards and spades. Fancy a poet, or an kind of writer, whom it hurts to think! What the devil are his agonies about – his writhings and twistings and foaming at all his mouths?The Letters of Ambrose Bierce, ed. Bertha Clark Pope; San Francisco, The Book Club of California, 1922, pp 106-107. –

Added letter from H.L. Mencken to J. Gilman D’Arcy Paul – 1916: You tell the horrible truth about Dreiser with surgical accuracy, but he remains the best of the corn-fed herd. There is something Mary MacLaneish about him: his self-revelations are immense. Howells is too discreet and shallow. James is merely a fifth-rate Englishman. Dreiser really belongs to our fair republic, and shows the Knight of Pythias complex. I wish you knew him. He is more fun than a massacre.


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