A Secret Sisterhood

The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf

A Secret Sisterhood
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Format: Hardback, 320 Pages
ISBN: 9781781315941
Publisher: Aurum Press
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‘In digging up the forgotten friendships chronicled in A Secret Sisterhood, Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney have done much service to literary history.’
Margaret  Atwood
 
A Secret Sisterhood will help make women’s literary friendships of the past relevant to the present.’
Michèle Roberts
 
A Secret Sisterhood offers a clever new perspective on established literary figures.’
Tracy Chevalier

In their first book together, Midorikawa and Sweeney resurrect four literary collaborations, which were sometimes illicit, scandalous and volatile; sometimes supportive, radical or inspiring; but always, until now, tantalisingly consigned to the shadows.

Drawing on letters and diaries, some of which have never been published before, and new documents uncovered during the authors’ research, the creative connections explored here reveal: Jane Austen’s bond with a family servant, the amateur playwright Anne Sharp; how Charlotte Brontë was inspired by the daring feminist Mary Taylor; the transatlantic relationship between George Eliot and the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe; and the underlying erotic charge that lit the friendship of Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield – a pair too often dismissed as bitter foes.
 
A Secret Sisterhood uncovers the hidden literary friendships of the world’s most respected female authors.
 

The author

Emily Midorikawa lectures at City University and at New York University in London. She has taught at the University of Cambridge and the Open University, as well as writing for the Daily Telegraph, the Independent on SundayThe TimesAesthetica and Mslexia. Her memoir ‘The Memory Album’ appeared in Tangled Roots. Emily is the winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2015.
 

Emma Claire Sweeney has lectured at City University, New York University in London, the University of Cambridge and the Open University. Her work has won Arts Council, Royal Literary Fund and Escalator Awards, and has been shortlisted for several others, including the Asham, Wasafiri and Fish. She writes for newspapers and magazines such as the Guardian, the Independent on SundayThe Times, and Mslexia. Her debut novel Owl Song at Dawn was published by Legend Press in July 2016 to great acclaim.

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Format: Hardback, 320 Pages
ISBN: 9781781315941
Size: 6.024 in x 9.213 in / 153 mm x 234 mm
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