Lyndall Gordon: Emily Dickinson and her Family’s Feuds

Eminent literary biographer Gordon discussed her latest biography: Lives like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family’s Feuds. Lyndall Gordon is the biographer of Charlotte Bronte, Virginia Woolf, Mary Wollstonecraft and T.S. Eliot. She is also the author of A Private Life of Henry James: Two Women and His Art and a memoir about childhood […]

Elaine Showalter & Miranda Seymour: Women Writers and Self-Promotion, A Historical Perspective

Literary critic Showalter and biographer Seymour discussed the challenges faced by women writers in getting recognition for their work both today and in the past—including anecdotes from their own careers. Elaine Showalter, professor emerita at Princeton University, is a literary critic who has been a pioneer of feminist literary criticism. Her numerous books include the […]

Hilary Spurling: Pearl Buck in China

Biographer Spurling, discussing her just published Burying the Bones: Pearl Buck in China, talked about Pearl Buck’s visceral identification with Chinese peasants, her literary legacy and her amnesia about unpleasant events in her past. Hilary Spurling is the award-winning biographer of the painter Henri Matisse and novelists Ivy Compton-Burnett and Paul Scott. The second volume […]