Discover the extraordinary life and profound contributions of Merlin Stone, the renowned feminist, author, artist, historian, and speaker. With unparalleled access to Merlin’s unpublished writings, photos, and personal stories, Merlin Stone Remembered is a significant contribution to women’s studies, spirituality, and the ongoing struggle for gender equality.
Known for her groundbreaking book When God Was a Woman, Merlin Stone was a pioneer of the Women’s Movement and the reclaiming of the Great Goddess tradition of the Western world. In this phenomenal book, new light is shed upon Merlin’s philosophy and methodology as you take a memorable journey through her life.
Includes over sixty photos and a twelve-page color insert.
2015 COVR Award winner for Autobiographical and Biographical Books
2014 Florida Book Award Winner for General Non-Fiction
“It is so great to remember Merlin . . . to have so much detail about her life and her work.”—Olympia Dukakis, Oscar-winning actress and author
“A fascinating, intimate look at the life of Merlin Stone.”—Starhawk, author of The Spiral Dance
“A touching tribute to a remarkable woman.”—Barbara G. Walker, author of The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets
“Amazing, heartfelt, funny, romantic, and an enduring testament to a woman who changed the world.”—Susun S. Weed, author of the Wise Woman Herbal series
"A beautiful work of love . . . celebrating the life of Merlin Stone, [including] Lenny's loving memoir of his years with this extraordinary woman—a delight to read!"—Miriam Robbins Dexter, Ph.D., author of Whence the Goddesses: A Source Book
"This book is paradigm-shifting. It should be read by all those who yearn for miracles, as well as by those who still need proof to believe that they are possible. It gives us hope for the regeneration of compassionate and nurturing relations between all forms of interconnected life on our planet, now and in the future."—Gloria Orenstein, Prof. Emerita, Comparative Literature and Gender Studies, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
"A lovely and loving tribute to the late Merlin Stone, a foremother of Goddess feminism . . . What a gift to those of us familiar with Stone’s work, as well as those who want to know more about her life, both personal and professional."—Judith Laura, author of Goddess Spirituality for the 21st Century: From Kabbalah to Quantum Physics
"Merlin Stone is a great inspiration for those of us who want to know not just about history, but also about herstory. Her [work] continues to influence the Goddess movement today. Her life partner Lenny was an inspiration for her and this book about Merlin's life will inspire many."—Linda Perry Barr, Journalist, WBAI News, Pacifica Radio, New York
"A beautifully crafted tribute to a remarkable person. Merlin Stone, a pioneering scholar of the Women's Spirituality movement, figured it all out early on and made the case. Even more, she was gracious and kind."—Charlene Spretnak, author of Lost Goddesses of Early Greece
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About the Author
David B. Axelrod (Daytona Beach, FL) is an award-winning poet, author, professor, and editor. He is the founder of the Writers Unlimited Agency, a non-profit writers cooperative, and also founded the Creative Happiness Institute, Inc., a non-profit, educational organization that presents programs in creative writing and alternative health.
Carol F. Thomas (Ormond-by-the-Sea, FL) has published a book on the Women’s Movement and three books of poetry. She also holds two masters degrees, a Ph.D., and a doctorate. Now retired, she used to be a professor at multiple colleges and universities, where she taught Women’s Studies, Psychology, Literature, and Creative Writing.~
Lenny Schneir (Daytona Beach, FL) is Merlin Stone’s life partner and the founder of the Merlin Stone Foundation, which promotes Merlin’s work. He is also a professional poker player and the author of Gambling Collectibles: A Sure Winner (Schiffer Publishing, 1993).~
Contributor to Merlin Stone Remembered.
Carol F. Thomas (Ormond-by-the-Sea, FL) has published a book on the Women’s Movement and three books of poetry. She also holds two masters degrees, a Ph.D., and a doctorate. Now retired, she used to be a professor at multiple colleges and universities, where she taught Women’s Studies, Psychology, Literature, and Creative Writing.
Lenny Schneir (Daytona Beach, FL) is Merlin Stone’s life partner and the founder of the Merlin Stone Foundation, which promotes Merlin’s work. He is also a professional poker player and the author of Gambling Collectibles: A Sure Winner (Schiffer Publishing, 1993).
Merlin Stone (Daytona Beach, FL) was a renowned artist, author, researcher, traveler, and feminist. She was the author of When God was a Woman and Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood. Merlin was major force in the Woman’s Movement, and traveled widely to research her feminist writings. She was also a celebrated sculptor and artist under the name Marilyn Stone.
Table of Contents
Preface, by Carol Thomas….7
Editor’s Note, by David B. Axelrod….10
Introduction: Transforming His/story into Her/story. Merlin Stone’s Dramatic Entrance
onto the Stage of Our Story, by Gloria F. Orenstein....14
Merlin Stone Timeline....35
My Life With Merlin Stone, by Lenny Schneir....41
Poems, by Lenny Schneir....110
Merlin in Her Own Words..117
Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood: A Reflection on
the Poetic Genius of Merlin Stone, by David B. Axelrod….130
Unpublished Writings, by Merlin Stone:
The Inner Voice: Intuition ....139
The Global Garden....161
Women in Armed Combat….163
One Summer on the Way to Utopia or Dreams
of Getting There: Excerpts from a Novel....172
Three Thousand Years of Racism: Recurring Patterns in Racism….192
The Importance of Merlin Stone, by Lenny Schneir....231
Merlin Stone, Artist and Sculptor, by David B. Axelrod....240
I Remember Merlin, by Cynthia Stone Davis….269
A Gallery of Photos and Artifacts....277
A Great Sense of Hope….294
The Legacy of Merlin Stone, by Carol Thomas....310
Epilogue, by Carol Thomas....325
Bibliography & Works Cited....328
About the Authors….331