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The Birth of Venus

by Sarah Dunant

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
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    Feb 2004, 416 pages
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    Dec 2004, 416 pages

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My own drawings up till now have been silverpoint, laboriously scratched into boxwood, or black chalk on paper when I can find it. Most I have destroyed as unworthy and the best are hidden well away (it was made clear to me early that my sister's cross-stitching would gain more praise than any of my sketches). So I have no idea whether I can paint or not. I am like Icarus without wings. But the desire to fly was very strong in me. I think I was always looking for a Daedalus.

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