According to Wikipedia: Mary Ashley Townsend (September 24, 1832- June 7, 1901) was an American poet and writer. She was born in Lyons, New York, about 1836. Her maiden name was Van Voorhis. She was educated in her native town and married Gideon Townsend, of New Orleans, Louisiana. She began to write for publication about 1856, and under the pen-name of Xariffa made a reputation as the author of Quillotypes, a series of humorous papers that appeared in the New Orleans Delta and were widely copied by the southern and western press. Her other works are The Brother Clerks (New York, 1859); Poems (Philadelphia, 1870); The Captain's Story (1874); and Down the Bayou, and other Poems (Boston, 1884). Her most important short poems are Creed, A Woman's Wish, The Bather, and The Wind.
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B & R Samizdat Express
March 01, 2010
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