Saturday, June 03, 2017

Saturday, June 03, 2017 12:30 am by M. in , ,    No comments
A book exploring female friendships in Austen, Brontë, Eliot nd Woolf has just been published:

A Secret Sisterhood. 
The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Brontë, Eliot and Woolf
by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney
Foreword by: Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 9781781315941
Publisher: Aurum Press
Published: Jun. 1, 2017

A Secret Sisterhood looks at the friendships 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 seemingly aloof George Eliot and the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, 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 which have never been published before, the book will resurrect these hitherto forgotten stories of female friendships that were sometimes illicit, scandalous and volatile; sometimes supportive, radical or inspiring; but always, until now, tantalisingly consigned to the shadows.
The book came out of the authors' own friendship; they began their own blog called Something Rhymed which charts female friendships and has been covered in the media and promoted by Margaret Atwood, Sheila Hancock and Kate Mosse.

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