My introduction to The Devil’s Letters to Mary MacLane

From the forthcoming book Mary in the Press: Miss MacLane and the Yellow Papers – Petrarca Press * Rocklin, California * April 2013 * Introduction by Michael R. Brown The recent rediscovery of Mary MacLane’s writing has made the once-inescapable tale of her first book’s success again familiar: shortly after book publication of her proto-blog I Await the Devil’s Coming (under the publisher’s colorless… Continue reading My introduction to The Devil’s Letters to Mary MacLane

My Introduction to “I, Mary MacLane – Annotated Edition”

The final book by “the first blogger” and “first of the Flappers” is Mary MacLane’s testament in every way and completes the arc of her career. After years of external adventure – gambling on the Florida coast, lengthy reclusion in a repressive New England town, newspaper feature-writing in Denver, high living in Manhattan – she… Continue reading My Introduction to “I, Mary MacLane – Annotated Edition”

My Introduction to Mary MacLane’s “My Friend Annabel Lee – Annotated”

( Petrarca Press – Kindle edition.) Mary MacLane’s least-known book affords a completely different view of the writer being rediscovered as “the first blogger,” known even in her time as “the first of the Flappers.” Written in 1902-1903 after the international sensation of her 1902 proto-blog I Await the Devil’s Coming (published as The Story of… Continue reading My Introduction to Mary MacLane’s “My Friend Annabel Lee – Annotated”

My Introduction to Mary MacLane’s “I Await the Devil’s Coming”

( Petrarca Press, Kindle Edition ) One of the unconfessed fascinations within some consumers of art is the artist’s high-wire act. A great American newsman once said he watched a prominent colleague of his with fascination: not for his news-delivery, but rather expecting that one day the colleague would suddenly blow into “the amazing exploding… Continue reading My Introduction to Mary MacLane’s “I Await the Devil’s Coming”

Mary MacLane’s rediscovery – a chronology (updated/expanded regularly)

Edit: This is based on my notes for our forthcoming study of MacLane’s life, work, and times: A Quite Unusual Intensity of Life. There isn’t time to tell the story, because I’m in the midst of it – I will tell it, in time. But for now, the day I’ve looked to come since around… Continue reading Mary MacLane’s rediscovery – a chronology (updated/expanded regularly)