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

Author: Emily Midorikawa; Emma Claire Sweeney; Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView 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) 2017044906
Named Person: Jane Austen; George Eliot; Charlotte Brontë; Virginia Woolf; Jane Austen; Charlotte Brontë; George Eliot; Virginia Woolf
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Emily Midorikawa; Emma Claire Sweeney; Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 9780544883789 0544883780
OCLC Number: 1004995027
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Front Cover; Front Flap; Front Matter; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Dedication; Foreword; Introduction: In Search of a Secret Sisterhood; JANE AUSTEN & ANNE SHARP; 1. A Circle of Single Women; 2. Rebellion Behind Closed Doors; 3. Closing Ranks; CHARLOTTE BRONTË & MARY TAYLOR; 4. Three's a Crowd; 5. Two Adventurous Spirits; 6. One Great Myth; GEORGE ELIOT & HARRIET BEECHER STOWE; 7. The Stuff of Legend; 8. The Specter of Scandal; 9. An Act of Betrayal; Photographs; KATHERINE MANSFIELD & VIRGINIA WOOLF; 10. Friends or Foes?; 11. Cat-and-Mouse; 12. Life and Death; Back Matter. Epilogue: A Web of Literary ConnectionsAcknowledgments; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index; Back Flap; Back Cover; Spine.
Other Titles: Literary friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronté, George Eliot, and Virginia Wool
Responsibility: Emily Midorikawa, Emma Claire Sweeney ; foreword by Margaret Atwood.

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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 Bronté; 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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