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Neshaminy literary journal is out this week


The Fall/Winter 2023 edition of “Neshaminy: The Bucks County Historical and Literary Journal” is out. It profiles Patricia Allingham Carlson in an interview that occurred just days before her death on Sept. 10.

Carlson was a skilled, award-winning artist whose watercolors sold throughout the world and appeared on book jackets as well as television and theater sets.

“If you love something, you persevere,” she told managing editor William J. Donahue. “Art and nature are two major releases for the human spirit. The world adds a lot of noise and you can feel guilty about what you do, making art, especially when there is so much suffering and anguish.”

In a separate article, “Purdy and Me: Don’t Feed Him Because He Might Get Nasty,” writer Don Swaim describes his 5-year friendship with the controversial author James Purdy (1914-2009), whose best-known novel, “Malcolm,” was created in a Bucks County farmhouse.

Daniel Dorian presents a profile of the venerable Bucks County Workshop after a quarter of a century of helping to inspire local writers.

Also, history about the fiery destruction of the building that once housed Doylestown High School; fiction by Natalie Zellat Dyen on ghostly happenings at the historic Black Bass Inn; and deadly doings in an insular neighborhood in the northeastern corner of Philadelphia, also from Donahue.

The Fall/Winter 2023 issue of “Neshaminy: The Bucks County Historical and Literary Journal,” published by the Bucks County Writers Workshop and the Doylestown Historical Society, can be obtained at the DHS, 56 S Main St., local bookstores, and online from

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