'In digging up the forgotten friendships chronicled in A Secret Sisterhood, Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney have done much service to literary history.'
'A Secret Sisterhood will help make women's literary friendships of the past relevant to the present.'
'A Secret Sisterhood offers a clever new perspective on established literary figures.'
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 Bronte 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.
Publisher: Aurum Press
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm
'Midorikawa and Sweeney have committed an exceptional act if literary espionage. English literature owes them a great debt' * Financial Times *
The book is well-written and curated, turning historical documents into something between recreation and critique...A Secret Sisterhood is an engaging look at the little written about female friendships of significant women writers. It's a delight to see women as the focus of this type of work; here's hoping there's a sequel!' * The Writes of Woman *
'A Secret Sisterhood allowed me to walk alongside these famous writers, imagining their thoughts and feelings, sensing the pressure of the cobbles beneath their feet. A Secret Sisterhood is an earnest manifesto for female literary friendship, using the past to remind us that women writers are still fighting to be taken as seriously as their male counterparts and one way to win that fight is to work together.' * Byte the Book *
'This is such an uplifting book and one that I enjoyed immensely. If you love to read novels by these four literary heroines, and are interested in literary history, then this book will really appeal to you. In fact, for anyone interested in literature, or for those who just fancy an absorbing non-fiction read, then you really will enjoy this wonderful treat of a book.' * Brew and Books Review *
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