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Patti Marxsen

Writing Beyond Words


My lifelong travels on three continents, including ten Francophone nations and islands, have taught me the value of biography, literature, poetry, and the art of  translation as essential points of entry into our complex world.

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Based on new primary sources, this first English-language study of an international life offers insights into a forgotten woman and her times. Helene Schweitzer did indeed have a life of her own

that is worth remembering.

Jean H. Baker, American historian and Professor Emerita at Goucher College. Author of Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion and Mary Todd Lincoln: A Biography


Thanks to such works as Patti Marxsen's illuminating book  ... we can rest assured that the story of  Roumain's  extraordinary life will be known in Haiti and beyond for generations to come.

Together, Ramuz and Marxsen have listened to--and looked at--the river there "where it begins to glisten white and you see it flee toward the west." They have distilled the gold like alchemists

and shared it with us in

Riversong of the Rhone.

Susan M. Tiberghien, founder of the Geneva Writers Group and author of Looking for Gold, Circling Toward the Center,  and One Year to a Writing Life

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