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A secret sisterhood : the literary friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot & Virginia Woolf

Author: Emily Midorikawa; Emma Claire Sweeney; Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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"Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend; think Byron and Shelley, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But the world's best-loved female authors are usually mythologized as solitary eccentrics or isolated geniuses. Coauthors and real-life friends Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney prove this wrong, thanks to their discovery of a wealth of surprising collaborations: the friendship between Jane Austen and one of
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Midorikawa, Emily.
Secret sisterhood.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
(DLC) 2017050302
Named Person: Jane Austen; George Eliot; Charlotte Brontë; Virginia Woolf; Jane Austen; Charlotte Brontë; George Eliot; Virginia Woolf; Virginia Woolf; George Eliot; Jane Austen
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emily Midorikawa; Emma Claire Sweeney; Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 9780544883734 054488373X
OCLC Number: 1003664991
Description: xx, 331 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Foreword / by Margaret Atwood --
Introduction : In search of a secret sisterhood --
Jane Austen & Anne Sharp. A circle of single women --
Rebellion behind closed doors --
Closing ranks --
Charlotte Brontë & Mary Taylor. Three's a crowd --
Two adventurous spirits --
One great myth --
George Eliot & Harriet Beecher Stowe. The stuff of legend --
The specter of scandal --
An act of betrayal --
Katherine Mansfield & Virginia Woolf. Friends or foes? --
Cat-and-mouse --
Life and death --
Epilogue : A web of literary connections.
Other Titles: Literary friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf
Responsibility: Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney.

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"Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend; think Byron and Shelley, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But the world's best-loved female authors are usually mythologized as solitary eccentrics or isolated geniuses. Coauthors and real-life friends Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney prove this wrong, thanks to their discovery of a wealth of surprising collaborations: the friendship between Jane Austen and one of the family servants, playwright Anne Sharp; the daring feminist author Mary Taylor, who shaped the work of Charlotte Brontë; the transatlantic friendship of the seemingly aloof George Eliot and Harriet Beecher Stowe; and Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield, most often portrayed as bitter foes, but who, in fact, enjoyed a complex friendship fired by an underlying erotic charge. Through letters and diaries that have never been published before, A Secret Sisterhood resurrects these forgotten stories of female friendships. They were sometimes scandalous and volatile, sometimes supportive and inspiring, but always--until now--tantalizingly consigned to the shadows"--

"A fascinating, inspirational look at the relationships between some of our best-loved female authors and their little-known literary collaborators and friends"--

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