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A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Friendships…
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A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot… (originale 2017; edizione 2017)

di Emily Midorikawa (Autore), Margaret Atwood (Prefazione)

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"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 Bronté; 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"-- "A fascinating, inspirational look at the relationships between some of our best-loved female authors and their little-known literary collaborators and friends"--… (altro)
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Titolo:A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf
Autori:Emily Midorikawa (Autore)
Altri autori:Margaret Atwood (Prefazione)
Info:Aurum Press (2017), Edition: 01, 320 pages
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A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf di Emily Midorikawa (2017)

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This is a lively and intelligent exploration of female friendships between prominent British writers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. I certainly learned something new from reading the book! ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
This is an engaging book, if a bit earnest for my taste. I didn't find the central thesis--that little-known women's friendships played pivotal roles in the writing of four famous female writers--particularly compelling; at least I felt that the authors overstated their case. However, the narrative parts of the book were well-written, and I'm not going to complain about time spent with Charlotte Bronte or Harriet Beecher Stowe. ( )
  GaylaBassham | May 27, 2018 |
In A Secret Sisterhood, co-authors Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney examine the fraught literary friendships of four classic female writers: Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf. All four of these famous women relied on close relationships with female companions to sustain and inspire them. Nonetheless, these friendships were also marked by misunderstandings, petty jealousies, and long periods of estrangement. This book's prose isn't great (our heroines are constantly "putting pen to paper", to cite one overused phrase), but overall this is a solid collective biography that sheds new light on often-neglected relationships. ( )
  akblanchard | May 2, 2018 |
Subtitled: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf, the authors did an incredible amount of research to find the muse of each one. As an avid reader with an interest in authors' lives, I enjoyed the book. ( )
  bogopea | Mar 26, 2018 |
“A Secret Sisterhood” examines the relationships that early female writers had with friends. Most that is written about Austen and Charlotte Bronte shows them working in isolation (aside from the Bronte siblings); in fact they both had active friendships with other women both through correspondence and face to face, where they talked about their work. Eliot and Woolf have less of a reputation for loneliness, but still aren’t considered to be extroverts. But they, too, had their special friends with whom they could talk shop.

Jane Austen was friends with her brother’s nanny (which was not looked upon well), who was a playwright when not wrangling kids; author Mary Taylor helped Charlotte Bronte; the outcast George Eliot (outcast for cohabiting with a married man for years) had a long correspondence with Harriet Beecher Stowe; and Virginia Woolf had a relationship both friendly and very competitive with author Katherine Mansfield. These friendships helped sustain the writers in their solitary work (even with people around them, a writer works alone) and provided sounding boards for their new writings.

The authors, themselves friends since the beginnings of their writing careers and who first found success at almost the same time as each other, have done meticulous research and found previously unread documents on or by their subjects. It’s an interesting read, so see how these friendships affected their writing. Much has been made of the friendships of certain male authors- Byron and Shelley, Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins- and now at last we have the feminine side of that coin – and a foreword by Margaret Atwood. Four and a half stars. ( )
  lauriebrown54 | Sep 21, 2017 |
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"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 Bronté; 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"-- "A fascinating, inspirational look at the relationships between some of our best-loved female authors and their little-known literary collaborators and friends"--

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