‘I’m so glad I didn’t die on the various occasions I have earnestly wished I might, for I would have missed a lot of lovely weather.’Elizabeth von Arnim, in a letter.
Born Mary Annette Beauchamp in Sydney, Australia on 31 August 1866, the prolific and, in her day, hugely successful author ‘Elizabeth’ von Arnim lived a remarkable life that, just for starters, included performing Bach and Liszt on the organ at Bayreuth for Cosima Wagner (Liszt’s daughter) and marrying into the Prussian aristocracy.
Rain or shine, enjoy the weather. And read more about Elizabeth von Arnim.
She is this month’s ‘Author of the Month’ at the LRB Bookshop (from whom I learned of this quote).