Nancy Nowik

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Winter 1979


Joan Malory Webber died last year on October 14 in a climbing accident near Mt. Rainier. She was a Professor of English at the University of Washington and a respected Renaissance scholar, whose death calls to mind the deaths (in the same month) of the two women on the American Women's Anapuma Expedition and the recent death of another great scholar, Jane English, also in a climbing accident. Each of these four deaths sends those of us who do not climb back to Adrienne Rich's poem "Phantasia for Elvira Shatayev," the leader of a women's expedition that perished in a storm in August 1974.



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