Vanishing Act: a prodigy who transfixed the literary world—and then vanished | Curio

Vanishing Act: a prodigy who transfixed the literary world—and then vanished

26 mins | May 28, 2017

“What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous”, wrote Voltaire in 1723. And what happens when someone becomes famous at a very young age? Paul Collins writing in Lapham’s Quarterly, takes us through the (known) life of Barbara Newell Follett, the child prodigy who transfixed the literary world – and then vanished.

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From Lapham's Quarterly