As the faithful and dependable wife of Llewelyn Powys, Alyse Gregory has tended to be known as simply that, a person who deliberately lived in his shadow. Consequently, little has been written about this remarkable American woman, and almost nothing about her life before she met Llewelyn or after his death. She was an influential editor of The Dial magazine, an active feminist in the campaign for female suffrage, and herself a published novelist and essayist. Drawing extensively on Alyse's journals, in particular those never published, the author reveals the inner life of an intellectual and sensitive woman who was both vivacious and serious, gregarious and withdrawn, a woman imprisoned by her love and her loneliness constantly searching for meaning and serenity. Jacqueline Peltier, who studied at Grenoble, Nice and the Sorbonne while raising a family of three children, brings a shared love of Proust and hatred of injustice to this perceptive essay, the most detailed and comprehensive on Alyse Gregory yet written.