I am indebted to many sources and people who helped me in writing this novel.
I first came across Carol Loeb Shloss’s book LUCIA JOYCE To Dance In The Wake at the centenary celebration of the International Association of MMM (Margaret Morris Method) in 2010 held at the university in Chichester, England. Reading the book affected me profoundly as I immediately recognized Lucia Joyce had missed her calling as a dancer. Also I was sensitive to the fact that it is still a mad world. I had read My Life In Movement by Margaret Morris and reread it. Then I went on to read another of her books, My Galsworthy Story. I also read The Alice Behind Wonderland by Simon Winchester, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground by Lewis Carroll, and Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin. I found other books most helpful: TRIESTE and the Meaning of Nowhere By Jan Morris, A Place In Italy by Simon Mawer, Oxford Memories by John Mabbott and The Dark Flower by John Galsworthy.
Some of the poetry attributed to the character, Rufus Galsworthy, was written by me, including the haiku, but many pieces were influenced by the poems of some living and some dead poets: Kathleen Winter’s shape poem Distances, Monk Jakuren’s tanka on solitude, Edward Lear’s limericks, and Robert Browning’s verses.
I wish to credit the following people who most directly helped me with research and editing: Mary Talbot, Victoria Terry, Susan Leswal, Thais Donald, Joe Carlino, Hector Cowan, Patrick Longhurst and Ian Montagnes. The hikers on the hfholiday in Montelupo agreed to let me take liberties with our shared experiences to write the ending and I thank them for their trust in me. Of course, I would not have conceived of this book without the influence of all my MMM family and to them I am deeply grateful.