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Autobiography of an Elderly Woman

by Mary Heaton Vorse

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I found this a fascinating read. It is a story, written from the perspective of an elderly woman in 1911, who bemoans existence at the hovering of her adult children. She is a very alive personality, with a message that is still timely. She rebels against the constant interference of her overprotective children, who fret about her health, stuff her with pills and tell her how to behave. One line states: "Every moment of our lives we are preparing for age; carving out the faces that we are to wear," The book was actually the work of 37-year-old Mary Heaton Vorse, Greenwich Village bohemian, a radical journalist, who wrote it in the voice of her mother. The messages and observation are current! ( )
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1911. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN ELDERLY WOMAN CHAPTER I THE SHADOW OF AGE As I look back over my life, it divides itself into four parts. First come all the years before I married, and as I look back on my childhood and my short girlhood, it seems to me as though I were remembering the life of some other woman, for during these many years I know that I have changed several times from one person to another, and the world about me has had time to change also. All that early part swims in a fog, with here and there events popping out of the mist, more distinct than those a week past, -- often meaningless and trivial events these; I cannot tell by what caprice memory has elected to keep them so clear. Lately I find myself returning to certain opinions and prejudices of my girlhood, that I had long forgotten. Time, after all, has not obliterated them, nor have I walked away from them. It is rather as though I had gone in a circle, and as I come to the completion of it I find my old thoughts and opinions, changed and grown older, waiting for me. With my marriage begins the part of my life that seems real to me, -- it is as if I had dreamed all that went before. I loved the time when my children were little, and I have often wished that I could put them and myself back in the nursery again. I pity the women whose children come too late for them all to be in some sense children together. But however young a mother is, there is a great gap between her and her babies. My little children were of a different generation from me. And for all our striving to understand, they were babies and my husband and I "grown people," though as I look back we seem mere boy and girl. We worried over our babies, -- there were four of them, all in the nursery at the same time, -- we sat up nigh...

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