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by Lesley McDowell




From Simone De Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre to Anais Nin and Henry James, the ruinous love affairs of the twentieth century's greatest female writers.

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 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 were without these literary relationship? Focusing on the diaries, letters, and journals of each woman, 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 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, Between the Sheets is an invaluable addition to libraries of literary criticism and feminism.
Download Between the Sheets: Nine 20th Century Women Writers and Their Famous Literary Partnerships epub
ISBN: 1590202384
ISBN13: 978-1590202388
Category: Literature
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Author: Lesley McDowell
Language: English
Publisher: The Overlook Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2010)
Pages: 368 pages
ePUB size: 1170 kb
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