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Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf

by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney - £9.99  Aurum Press (2018)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781781317860 | ISBN 10: 1781317860

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.

(Price & availability last checked: September 2018)

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