The Mary MacLane Project

The definitive website on the life and work of the pioneering feminist writer, film-maker, and media personality Mary MacLane (1881-1929)


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With her astonishing debut book, I Await the Devil's Coming - written in 1901 at the age of 19 - she attained a spectacular media and literary fame resonating even today. With recent French, Spanish, and Danish translations (with Norwegian and Italian in process), readers the world over are discovering Mary MacLane. She is hailed in hundreds of posts on Twitter and Tumblr and Instagram, award-winning writers quote her, film historians discuss her final work - the revolutionary silent film Men Who Have Made Love to Me (1918) - the first to unite writer, star, and narrator and first to break the fourth wall ... but the story of her private life and the majority of her striking creative work have remained unknown to the reading public.

The Mary MacLane Project is a group of literary researchers working to recover and transmit the full extent of Mary MacLane's unique work, life, and cultural world. The project is headed by Michael R. Brown, publisher of the first MacLane anthology, Tender Darkness: A Mary MacLane Anthology (1993), and editor/publisher of the most comprehensive collection of her work, Human Days: A Mary MacLane Reader (2011), and Philip Lipson, a historical/genealogical researcher who made such major discoveries as MacLane's earliest writing, her private letters, and more. Anyone with questions on MacLane or with information they wish to share is invited to contact The Project.

As a preview to the full website, click here for the first-ever gallery of portrait photos of Mary MacLane. They will enrich the detailed biographical sketch of the author coming to this page, as will photos of people and places in her life and pictures of her with others, including the first-ever collection of movie stills from Men Who Have Made Love to Me.

Check back soon and enter the deep, surprising world of Mary MacLane.

(rev. date 17 December 2018)



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