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"If a Colette were possible in this country, that is presumably what Maude Hutchins would like to be. The sensuous is her window on the world; sexuality is the sea for all her voyages..." -New York Times
"Maude Hutchins writes like a lascivious I. Compton-Burnett." —Time
"The novels of Hutchins [are] witty and intelligent." -Studies in the 20th Century
"Victorine..established her reputation as a richly ironical imagist." -Time
"Maude Hutchins has a forcefully genuine talent...Like Iris Murdoch, she is among the most imaginatively creative women writing in English." -Terry Southern, New York Times
Maude Phelps McVeigh Hutchins (1899—1991) was born in Long Island, New York. She received a B.F.A from the Yale School of Fine Arts in 1926. In 1921 she married Robert Maynard Hutchins, the youngest president of the University of Chicago, and had three children. She was the author of several books, including Blood on the Dove, Love Is Pie, Honey on the Moon, and A Diary of Love, and co-wrote and illustrated Diagrammatics with Mortimer Adler. After she divorced Robert in 1948, Maude moved to Southport, Connecticut. She died on March 28, 1991, in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Terry Castle, essayist and scholar, teaches at Stanford University and is the author of several books of literary criticism. She recently edited The Literature of Lesbianism: A Historical Anthology from Ariosto to Stonewall. Her essays appear regularly in the Atlantic, the New Republic, and the London Review of Books.