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William Sharp--"Fiona Macleod," 1855-1905.

Author: Flavia Alaya
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1970.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"William Sharp (12 September 1855 – 12 December 1905) was a Scottish writer, of poetry and literary biography in particular, who from 1893 wrote also as Fiona MacLeod, a pseudonym kept almost secret during his lifetime." "He was introduced to Dante Gabriel Rossetti by Sir Noel Paton, and joined the Rossetti literary group; which included Hall Caine, Philip Bourke Marston and Swinburne. He married his cousin
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Alaya, Flavia.
William Sharp--"Fiona Macleod," 1855-1905.
Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1970
(OCoLC)644503431
Named Person: William Sharp; William Sharp; William Sharp; William (Schriftsteller) Sharp; William Sharp
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Flavia Alaya
ISBN: 0674953452 9780674953451
OCLC Number: 96720
Description: ix, 261 pages illustrations, portraits 24 cm
Contents: INTRODUCTION : Time, Place, Perspective --
1. THE CHANGELING : First Years --
2. CLIMATE AND LANDSCAPE : Early Work --
3. LONDON : The City as Countertype --
4. NORTH AND SOUTH : The First Italian journey --
5. THE PROMISED LAND : Zion and the American Eden --
6. ITALY AGAIN : The Second Self --
7. WOMAN : An Unexplored Country --
8. THE NEW COSMOPOLITANISM : The Celtic Never-Never Land --
9. THE GEOGRAPHY OF THE MIND : Toward the Illimitable --
10. CONCLUSION : Apart from Time and Country

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"William Sharp (12 September 1855 – 12 December 1905) was a Scottish writer, of poetry and literary biography in particular, who from 1893 wrote also as Fiona MacLeod, a pseudonym kept almost secret during his lifetime." "He was introduced to Dante Gabriel Rossetti by Sir Noel Paton, and joined the Rossetti literary group; which included Hall Caine, Philip Bourke Marston and Swinburne. He married his cousin Elizabeth in 1884, and devoted himself to writing full time from 1891, travelling widely. Also about this time, he developed an intensely romantic but perhaps asexual attachment to Edith Wingate Rinder, another writer of the consciously Celtic Edinburgh circle surrounding Patrick Geddes and "The Evergreen."

It was to Rinder ("EWR") he attributed the inspiration for his writings as Fiona MacLeod thereafter, and to whom he dedicated his first MacLeod novel ("Pharais") in 1894. Sharp had a complex and ambivalent relationship with W. B. Yeats during the 1890s, as a central tension in the Celtic Revival. Yeats initially found MacLeod acceptable and Sharp not, and later fathomed their identity. Sharp found the dual personality an increasing strain. On occasions when it was necessary for "Fiona MacLeod" to write to someone unaware of the dual identity, Sharp would dictate the text to his sister (Mary Beatrice Sharp), whose handwriting would then be passed off as Fiona's manuscript. During his MacLeod period, Sharp was a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn."--Wikipedia June 2011.

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