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Emma Claire Sweeney


Emma Claire Sweeney

Emma Claire Sweeney's work has been published in the Guardian, the Independent and the Times. She has won Arts Council and Royal Literary Fund Awards, and her debut novel, OWL SONG AT DAWN, came out to critical acclaim in 2016. Emma holds an English literature degree from the University of Cambridge, a creative writing MA from the University of East Anglia and her Ph.D. focused on Virginia Woolf. Emma now teaches at New York University–London.

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Emma Claire Sweeney

Books by Emma Claire Sweeney

by Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney - Biography, History, Nonfiction

Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend, but what about the friendships of women writers? A SECRET SISTERHOOD brings to light a wealth of surprising female collaborations: the friendship between Jane Austen and one of the family servants, amateur playwright Anne Sharp; the daring feminist author Mary Taylor, who shaped the work of Charlotte Brontë; the transatlantic friendship of the seemingly aloof George Eliot and the ebullient Harriet Beecher Stowe; and Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield, most often portrayed as bitter foes, but who, in fact, enjoyed a complex friendship. They were sometimes scandalous and volatile, sometimes supportive and inspiring, but always --- until now --- tantalizingly consigned to the shadows.