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10 January 2018 | by Michèle Roberts

Close encounters

 

Lyndall Gordon’s new study surveys five major writers born in the nineteenth century: Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner and Virginia Woolf. Gordon considers them chronologic­ally, naming them in order as prodigy, visionary, outlaw, orator and explorer. These personae, she argues, are aspects of the ­outsiderdom the writers share.





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