Barbara Follett circa 1934

Welcome to Farksolia! I'm Stefan Cooke—Barbara Follett's half-nephew. The more I read her words, the more enchanted and intrigued I am. I dearly wish I could have met her, but in 1939 she disappeared from her apartment in Brookline, Massachusetts—23 years before I was born.


"Barbara Newhall Follett: A Life in Letters" tells Barbara's story from infancy until her disappearance (and beyond), mostly through her own words. There's no question that Barbara was one of the most naturally gifted American writers of her time.

I poured my heart into compiling this long book hoping to bring Barbara back to life as best I could. At times it felt like we were walking together in the mountains.

In September 2016 Publishers Weekly reviewed the book favorably.

Paperback and ebook editions are available on Amazon and other online retailers.

Latest Posts


Noël — A Christmas Song by Barbara, 1925

Last week Ross Carter kindly sent me an audio clip of the melody Barbara composed for her 1925 Christmas card. I had not heard the song played before and it was quite a joy. I decided to loop the mp3 and add Barbara’s lyrics in my appallingly accented French. My apologies to Barbara.

A Peek into Barbara Newhall Follett: A Life in Letters

Click here to look inside the book.


Barbara Newhall Follett : A Life in Letters

Finally, it’s here! My big book for Barbara—a 638-page softcover edition and an ebook for Kindles and other devices. Both have over 40 photographs. I’m VERY pleased with the end result!! Read more…


Welcome redux

Farksolia has been getting a lot of traffic due to Lapham Quarterly’s reposting of “Vanishing Act,” which went semi-viral on social media and was picked up by BoingBoing, among other places. To answer a few of the questions I’ve gotten lately …


Silver Magic

On Christmas morn,
Children, first looking from the windows,
See how desolate and bleak the garden is.
Withered the flowers, butterflies flown,
Summer gone from the woods.

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