I have always rebelled against the unadorned, the unbefitting, the unawakened, the unresisting, the undesirable, the unplanned, the unshapely, the uncommitted, the unattempted—all leading to the unintended. I believe in the unsubmissive, the unfaltering, the unassailable, the irresistible, the unbelievable—in other words, in an art of life.
Margaret Anderson (1886–1973), U.S. editor and memoirist. The Strange Necessity, part 1 (1969).
A devotee, editor, publisher, and promoter of the arts—especially the avant- garde—Anderson often survived on very little income and never held a "regular" job. She was beautiful, stylish, and flamboyant. Openly lesbian, she lived at various times in Chicago, New York, and Paris, becoming familiar with the visual and literary artists of each locale. She consciously shaped her life to her interests rather than treading conventional paths.