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Author McDowell, Lesley.

Title Between the sheets : the literary liaisons of nine 20th-century women writers / Lesley McDowell.

Imprint New York : Overlook Press, 2010.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  809.89287 M148b 2010    ---  Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description 365 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Summary Why did a gifted writer like Sylvia Plath stumble into a marriage that drove her to suicide? Why did Hilda Doolittle want to marry Ezra Pound when she was attracted to women? Why did Simone DeBeauvoir pimp for Jean-Paul Sartre? The list of the damages done in each of these sexual relationships between female writers and their male literary partners is long, but each relationship provokes the same question: would these women have become the writers they became without the experience of their own particular literary relationships? Focusing on the diaries, letters, and journals of each woman, this work explores nine famous literary liaisons of the twentieth century. The author examines the extent to which each woman was prepared to put artistic ambition before personal happiness, and how dependent on their male writing partners these women felt themselves to be. She probes the consequences of the women's codependence and reveals how in many instances, their partnerships liberated unspoken desires, encouraged artistic innovations, and even shored up literary reputations. Fascinating and innovative, this book is an invaluable addition to libraries of literary criticism and feminism.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [329]-354) and index.
Contents The "companion" : Katherine Mansfield and John Middleton Murry -- The "novice" : H.D. and Ezra Pound -- The "mother" : Rebecca West and H.G. Wells -- The "ingenue : Jean Rhys and Ford Madox Ford -- The "mistress" : Anais Nin and Henry Miller -- The "long-termer" : Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre -- The "survivor" : Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway -- The "chaser" : Elizabeth Smart and George Barker -- The "wife" : Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes.
Subject Women authors -- 20th century -- Relations with men.
Women authors -- 20th century -- Biography.
Women and literature -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9780715639092 (UK : hbk.)
0715639099 (UK : hbk.)
9781590202388 (US)
1590202384 (US)

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