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Between the Sheets: The Literary Liaisons of Nine 20th Century Women Writers

Between the Sheets: The Literary Liaisons of Nine 20th Century Women Writers (Paperback)

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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 De Beauvoir pimp for Jean-Paul Sartre? The story of each of these relationships between female writers and their male literary partners is far from straightforward, but each relationship provokes the same question: would these women have become the writers they did without the experience of their own particular literary relationship? Drawn from writers' diaries, letters and journals, Between the Sheets explores nine famous literary liaisons of the twentieth century. Lesley McDowell examines the extent to which each woman was prepared to put artistic ambition before personal happiness, and how dependent on their male writing partners they felt themselves to be. She probes the consequences of the women's co-dependence and reveals how in many instances, their partnerships liberated unspoken desires, encouraged artistic innovation, and even made literary reputations.

Fascinating and revealing, Between the Sheets offers a glimpse into the emotional and artistic lives of these great writers, and those of the artists they chose to share their lives with.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 -LGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesFeminism & feminist theory Publisher: Duckworth Overlook Publication Date: 01/03/2012 ISBN-13: 9780715641453  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Lesley McDowell is an author and critic living in Glasgow. She earned a PhD for her work on James Joyce. She has written for The Times Literary Supplement, Independent on Sunday, Sunday Herald and the Scotsman. Her first novel, The Picnic, was published in 2007 and she currently holds a Scottish Arts Council award for her second novel.

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