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Reasons for leaving

or the Barbara Newhall Follett Project 

“My dreams are going through their death flurries... I mean no particular dream, you understand, but the whole radiant flock of them together—with their rainbow wings, iridescent, bright, soaring, glorious, sublime. They are dying before the steel javelins and arrows of a world of Time and Money.” - Barbara Newhall Follett, June 1930

From June 26 to July 11, 2015 Bennington College hosted an ensemble of 4 students and 3 professionals creating an original script about Follett’s life and disappearance. See pictures and posts about our Summer 2015 workshop here:


About Barbara Newhall Follett: Barbara Newhall Follett was widely regarded as a genius. As a young teen she published two successful books, A House Without Windows, the story of a young girl who leaves her family to live in the woods, and The Voyage of Norman D. about her time aboard a schooner. When she was 14 her father—who was also her editor--left the family for another woman. After he left, Follett was unable to recapture the success of her first two books. She continued writing and a common theme of her stories was women disengaging from mainstream society. In 1939 after a fight with her husband she left her apartment with $30 and a notebook and was never seen or heard from again. Read a full bio at

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