Outsiders : five women writers who changed the world
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Baltimore, MD : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2019].
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9781421429441, 1421429446
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338 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
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Published
Baltimore, MD : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2019].
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English
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9781421429441, 1421429446

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First published in Great Britain in 2017 by Virago Press. First published in the United States in 2019 by John Hopkins University Press.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [291]-322) and index.
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Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner and Virginia Woolf: they all wrote dazzling books that forever changed the way we see history. In "Outsiders", award-winning biographer Lyndall Gordon shows how these five novelists shared more than talent. In a time when a woman's reputation was her security, each of these women lost hers. They were unconstrained by convention, writing against the grain of their contemporaries, prophetically imagining a different future. We have long known the individual greatness of each of these writers, but in linking their creativity to their lives as outcasts, Gordon throws new light on the genius they share. All five lost their mothers in childbirth or at a young age. With no female role model present, they learned from books - and sometimes from an enlightened mentor. Crucially, each had to imagine what a woman could be in order to invent a voice of her own. The passion in their own lives infused their fiction. Writing with passionate intelligence of her own, Gordon reveals that these renegade writers inspired a new breed of women who wished to change a world locked in war, violence, exploitation and sexual abuse. Gordon's biographies have always shown the indelible connection between life and art: an intuitive, exciting and revealing approach that has been highly praised. In "Outsiders", she crafts nuanced portraits of Shelley, Brontë, Eliot, Schreiner and Woolf, naming each of these writers as prodigy, visionary, 'outlaw,' orator and explorer, and shows how they came, they saw and they left us changed. Today, following the tsunami of women's protest at wide-spread abuse, we do more than read them; we listen and live with their astonishing bravery and eloquence. -- inside cover.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Gordon, L. (2019). Outsiders: five women writers who changed the world . Johns Hopkins University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Gordon, Lyndall. 2019. Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Gordon, Lyndall. Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Gordon, Lyndall. Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019.

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