A Vera of One’s Own – A Different Way of Explaining the VIDA Count

From The Atlantic, this intriguing look at the proposition that perhaps what is keeping women writers from enjoying as many publication credits as men is the lack of submissions by women (seems like a tired argument; right?) BUT that the reason for the lack of submissions is every writer needs a Vera; that is, a Vera Nabokov, who served her husband and his career in myriad ways so that he could get a lot of writing done and get it published.  Not many men would be willing to give up their lives in order for their women to be successful writers.  There are, of course, exceptions.  Edna St. Vincent Millay and Virginia Woolf are named in this article (Amy Tan and Rita Dove spring to mind as women of our time whose receive remarkable support from their husbands so that they can write) as are some contemporary writing couples and the way they share responsibilities to benefit their careers.

Read “The Legend of Vera Nabokov” here.


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