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

Midorikawa, Emily (author.). Sweeney, Emma Claire, (author.). Atwood, Margaret, 1939- (writer of foreword.).
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  • ISBN: 9780544883734
  • ISBN: 054488373X
  • Physical Description: print
    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"--
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
Austen, Jane 1775-1817
Brontë, Charlotte 1816-1855
Eliot, George 1819-1880
Woolf, Virginia 1882-1941
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
Authorship Collaboration
Female friendship
Novelists, English
Women and literature
Women authors, English
Great Britain
Genre: Biography.
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