A Secret Sisterhood

A Secret Sisterhood

The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf

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Houghton
A fascinating, inspirational look at the relationships between some of our best-loved female authors and their little-known literary collaborators and friends

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.


Baker & Taylor
Draws on letters and diaries to reveal the friendships of female literary masters, from the influence of feminist Mary Taylor on Charlotte Brontèe's writings to the erotically charged, love-hate associations between Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield.

Baker
& Taylor

Draws on previously unpublished letters and diaries to reveal the lesser-known friendships of female literary masters, from the influence of feminist Mary Taylor on Charlotte Brontë's writings to the erotically charged, love-hate associations between Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
ISBN: 9780544883734
054488373X
Branch Call Number: On Order
Characteristics: pages cm
Additional Contributors: Sweeney, Emma Claire - Author

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