Marzipan & Kisses

Marzipan & Kisses

Marzipan & Kisses was a Dorothy Dunnett letterzine edited by Jean Clissold and Karen Brandl. It was first published in the United States in January 1984. Its successor is Whispering Gallery, which is published in the UK.

Marzipan & Kisses was typed and copied by hand. Some of our stock is photocopies of photocopies. Please be aware that the print quality varies and is not always perfect, especially with the early issues.


"Still, she [Dorothy Dunnett] remains baffled by the degree of devotion her work inspires. The most astonishing thing, she says, was the avalanche of mail she began to get - nearly 2,000 letters a month. At first she tried to correspond with everyone, but she quickly learned that if she answered all her mail, she would not have time to do any writing.

She was rescued by a "letterzine," a fan periodical in which fans can communicate with other fans and Dunnett can occasionally address them. The 'zine, called Marzipan & Kisses, is a quarterly that goes to 130 U.S. and Canadian readers, and about 200 in Britain and Europe.

"Some people might be put off" by the relentless curiosity of Dunnett's fans, says Marcia Talley, a fan since 1971 who is systems librarian at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. People are always trying to challenge her on anachronistic details or events, but Dunnett is always completely gracious to everyone, Talley says."

- Baltimore Sun, 1997



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