• Mathews: A story about Carmel, Nora May French and abortion

    17 days ago - By Bésame

    I can no longer think of Carmel without thinking of abortion and Nora May French.
    For this mindset, I blame two things: the U.S. Supreme Court, and literary scholar Catherine Prendergast's searing 2021 book, “The Gilded Edge: Two Audacious Women and the Cyanide Love Triangle That Shook America.”
    From visiting Carmel, I knew about that town's early 20th century history as a colony of bohemians. But I had never heard of Nora May French until picking up Prendergast's book.
    The Gilded Edge begins with French's own real-time account of her own 1907 abortion. This description, discovered by...
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