Welcome redux

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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, the Paris Review, the New York Times, etc. To answer a few of the questions I’ve gotten lately:

  • Barbara’s first book, “The House Without Windows,” although not in print, is available as a download on Chippy’s site.
  • My Big Book for Barbara—”Wings! Barbara Newhall Follett: A Life in Letters”—is not quite ready for publication. Soon!
  • Here is the piece I wrote to celebrate Barbara’s 100th birthday last March 4th.
  • No, I don’t know who holds the copyright to Barbara’s published work. Knopf has not been helpful at all in that regard. I hope all this new attention in my half-aunt will one day lead to her two books getting back in print, preferably with a companion volume of “Lost Island” and her other stories and essays.

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  1. To the man who is the half-nephew? of Barbara Follett could she by any chance be related to the excellent historical fiction author Ken Follett? Thanku for this interesting yet sad account.

    • It’s certainly possible. I’ve traced our line back to Robert Follett—the first Follett to arrive in the New World (Salem, Mass.) from England in about 1640. Ken Follett was born in Wales.