The Historical Birthday-Tea Party March 20th


No birthday today so here’s someone I can’t find an accurate date for:

Sarah Wilkinson aka Solita Solano

1888 – 22 November 1975

Theatre critic with the New York Tribune and as a freelance contributor to the National Geographic Society.

In 1919 Solita started a relationship the journalist Janet Flanner. They travelled together to Greece and France. In Paris they joined the lesbian circles of Gertrude Stein & Alice B. Toklas and their friends. In 1929 Solita had an affair with Margaret Anderson which lasted several years, although Margaret stayed with her lover Georgette Leblanc throughout.

At the outbreak of WWII Solita and Janet returned to America. Solita eventually left Janet after she started an affair with Natalia Danesi Murray.

Solita then fell in love with Elizabeth Jenks Clark. She remained close friends with Margaret, who was now  in love with Dorothy Caruso.

Phew! are you still with me? A busy girl.

After the war Solita returned to France, where she lived until her death.

I guess she can come to the party – after all most of her friends will be there.

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Author: Cherry Potts

Cherry Potts is a published fiction writer, publisher, event organiser, photographer, cardmaker, NLP master practitioner, life coach and trainer. She is an enthusiastic singer. Through Arachne Press she publishes fiction and non fiction and runs spoken word events and cross-arts workshops for writers at interesting venues. Always interested in new opportunites to perform, write or explore writing.

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