“To come across warblers in early May is to forget time and death” Theodore Roethke

Gunther Stuhlmann was Anaïs Nin’s formidable editor. I was more a fan of his introductions to the diaries that the content he so brilliantly framed.. We have just heard of his wife Barbara Ward Stuhlman’s death. Born in early May 1940 in Maine she met her husband in New York and was his partner in their author’s agent agency. If any reader of the blog can find the titles of the two well received novels she wrote
we would be most grateful.

We  didn’t know Mrs. Stuhlmann  but forwarded inquiries that came to us from time to time through our mailing address during the early days of the web and we always appreciated her correspondence.  Today, one is able to contact the Anaïs Nin Trust directly although until her death she was the author’s representative.

This lovely tribute by Robin Litchfield is found on Ute Korner: Literary Agent, S.L. The tribute appears below. but the lovelier version can be viewed here


This information on Barbara Ward Stuhlmann is from Find A GraveMemorial


Birth:  May 4, 1940
Presque Isle
Aroostook County
Maine, USA
Death:  Feb. 10, 2012
Berkshire County
Massachusetts, USA

Barbara Stuhlmann 1940 – 2012 Barbara W. Stuhlmann, nee Barbara A Ward, passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 10, 1012, in her sleep after a long battle with cancer. She was predeceased by her husband, Gunther Stuhlmann of Berlin and Rugen, Germany, who from the age of 16 managed to avoid induction into both the Hitler Youth and German Army. At the war’s end, he emigrated to England and then to the U.S. Barbara was born in Presque Isle, Maine, on May 4, 1940, of Anglo/Irish heritage. During school holidays in the summer she picked potatoes. She later graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in English Literature, and moved to Manhattan in the 1962, where she secured a job with the Times of London. She settled in Greenwich Village and had two novels published which were favorably reviewed in the New York City papers and trade journals. She married Gunther and with him acted as authors agents for clients including Anaïs Nin, Otto Rank, Richard Powers and Thomas M. Coffey among others. In the early 70’s, the Stuhlmanns moved to the Berkshires and operated the agency from Massachusetts, while they cleared their land and actively participated in the building of their home. Barbara went back to her country roots and was active with flowers and vegetable gardens, bird watching and star gazing. Recently, she had taken an interest as a spectator in Sports Car Club of America motor racing at Lime Rock Park, Conn. There she got to shake hands with Paul Newman, one of the drivers, once a girlhood idol of hers. She will be sorely missed. FUNERAL NOTICE: Services will be scheduled in the Spring at the convenience of Mother Nature.