It was for a good reason, three in fact, that I chose 23 April to launch WritingRedux last year.  San Jordi’s festival in Spain is a celebration of books, which women give to men on this day, while men can present women with a rose.  We spent Easter in Aosta and happened upon the opening ceremony of a local book fest presided over by municipal and literary figures, including the cutting of a ribbon in the red and black livery of the town.

23 April is also the birthday of Shakespeare and the day both he and Cervantes died (in the same year, 1616), as well as the date on which Wordsworth died in 1850.  So this week I have chosen quotations, metaphors and triologisms by Wordsworth’s sister Dorothy, selected from her vivacious, heart-warming, unpretentious journals, reviewed here.

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