A secret sisterhood : the literary friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot & Virginia Woolf / Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney.
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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, 
- Copyright: ©2017
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-316) and index.
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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.
"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.
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