Barbara Follett Gets New Site

By Jason Boog Comment

Ever since she mysteriously disappeared in 1939, novelist Barbara Follett has inspired readers and literary detectives around the globe. Her nephew, web designer Stefan Cooke, has created a new website collecting her biography, photographs, unpublished stories and links to her out-of-print work.

In the future, Cooke will serialize unpublished work by his aunt at the site. The site contains a fascinating collection of news clippings about her short life.

Check it out: “A turning point in Barbara’s young life occurred when she was four and became fascinated with the clacking of her father’s typewriter. In a very short time she was typing stories, poems, and letters on her own portable machineSoon Barbara had her own study in the Follett home in New Haven, Connecticut, where her father was an editor at Yale University Press, and was composing stories on her typewriter, revising them with a pencil, and retyping a final copy. By the time she turned six she had worked on the 4500-word ‘The Life of the Spinning-Wheel, the Rocking Horse, and the Rabbit’ over a period of several months.”