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A secret sisterhood : the literary friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot & Virginia Woolf / Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney.

Midorikawa, Emily, (author.). Sweeney, Emma Claire, (author.). Atwood, Margaret, 1939- (writer of foreword.).

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Greenwood PL - Greenwood 823.009 MID (Text) 36626103878799 New Adult Nonfiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780544883734
  • ISBN: 054488373X
  • Physical Description: xx, 331 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. edition.
  • Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-316) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 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.
Summary, etc.: "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"-- Provided by publisher.
"A fascinating, inspirational look at the relationships between some of our best-loved female authors and their little-known literary collaborators and friends"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 > Friends and associates.
Eliot, George, 1819-1880 > Friends and associates.
Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855 > Friends and associates.
Woolf, Virginia, 1882-1941 > Friends and associates.
Women authors, English > 19th century > Biography.
Women authors, English > 20th century > Biography.
Novelists, English > Biography.
Female friendship > Great Britain > History.
Authorship > Collaboration > History.
Women and literature > Great Britain > History.
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