Visiting the local Presbyterian church, of which my husband was minister, they noted his surname – the same as a woman who had befriended their eldest sister, many years before, while she was teaching English in Singapore.
The discovery that their sister’s friend was my husband’s mother led to a dinner engagement where, for the first time, I heard the name Lilias Trotter – a woman the sisters knew only through the beautifully illustrated devotional books she began publishing in the 1890’s.
With a full month stretching before me, I immersed myself in Lilias’s astonishingly beautiful diaries and travel journals, where she documented in words and watercolors the seasons of her life in Algeria. Map in hand, I roamed London’s West End searching out her early homes and haunts.
Curator in tow, I hunted down the paintings Ruskin had given to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
Several months later, to my complete surprise, a package arrived containing a cameo biography with the title, – a tiny devotional classic of rare beauty and depth.
Over the next several years, one by one, without announcement, other volumes appeared in my mailbox, until perhaps the loveliest arrived – an Algerian sketchbook, – with a note from our friends informing me that this was the final volume of their collection. I was determined to track down other out-of-print works alluded to in writings about her – and I longed to know even more about the woman behind the books.
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The short version and formal version “Who is Miriam?
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