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Gordon, Lyndall

Works: 53 works in 389 publications in 6 languages and 14,576 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Diaries  History  Documentary television programs  Autobiographies  Portraits  Biographical television programs 
Roles: Author, Speaker, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: PS3509.L43, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Lyndall Gordon
Most widely held works by Lyndall Gordon
Charlotte Brontë, a passionate life by Lyndall Gordon( Book )

37 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Charlotte Bronte: A Passionate Life looks beyond the insistent image of the modest Victorian lady, the slave to duty in the shadow of tombstones. Instead we see a strong, fiery woman who shaped her own life and transformed it into art. This biography looks at the shared gifts and class ambitions of the Bronte family - at the active feminist, Mary Taylor; at the demanding mentor, Constantin Heger; and at the rising publisher, George Smith - as Charlotte strove to possess them in life and fiction. Her highly autobiographical novels refused current bars to women's writing to release a public voice which could speak intimately to her readers."--Jacket
Virginia Woolf, a writer's life by Lyndall Gordon( Book )

70 editions published between 1984 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 1,911 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revised edition of this remarkable biography from Lyndall Gordon, the highly acclaimed biographer of T.S. Eliot, Charlotte Bronte, Henry James and Mary Wollstonecraft
Lives like loaded guns : Emily Dickinson and her family's feuds by Lyndall Gordon( Book )

20 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in English and held by 1,812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume tells the story of a feud that erupted within the family of American poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) and that still continues today. Making use of letters, diaries, and legal documents, the author reveals the secret behind the poet's insistent seclusion, presenting a woman beyond her time who found love, spirituality, and immortality all on her own terms. In 1882, Emily Dickinson's brother Austin began a passionate love affair with Mabel Todd, a young Amherst faculty wife, setting in motion a series of events that would forever change the lives of the Dickinson family. The feud that erupted as a result has continued for over a century. The author tells the story of the Dickinson family and reveals Emily to be a very different woman from the pale, lovelorn recluse that exists in the popular imagination. The first half is an account of American poet Emily Dickinson's life. The second half deals with the complicated and vicious in-fighting that followed her death
T.S. Eliot : an imperfect life by Lyndall Gordon( Book )

27 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 1,785 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In T. S. Eliot: An Imperfect Life, Gordon brings fascinating new material together in one volume with the best of her earlier work. She draws on scores of recently discovered letters, and addresses in full the issue of Eliot's anti-Semitism as well as the less-noted issue of his misogyny, his "disgust with the flesh in conflict with repressed desires." She also provides an unparalleled portrait of Eliot's first wife, Vivienne, and a compelling exploration of the participation of other women in his work."--BOOK JACKET
Eliot's early years by Lyndall Gordon( Book )

40 editions published between 1973 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 1,656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vindication : a life of Mary Wollstonecraft by Lyndall Gordon( Book )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 1,517 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the life and career of Mary Wallstonecraft who is considered to be the founder of modern feminism, and describes her life and work in eighteenth-century Europe
Eliot's new life by Lyndall Gordon( Book )

37 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 1,402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines T.S. Eliot's search for a new life during the break up of his first marriage, a period marked externally by his entry into the Anglican Church and the exchange of American for British nationality. This work covers the last 38 years of his life, and explores the ties between Eliot's life and work, including his religious life and his relationship with his first love, Emily Hale. Drawing on unpublished papers, the author reveals the central role that Emily Hale played, inspiring some of his great religious poetry. His relationship with Hale, as well as with Mary Trevelyan, who wanted to marry him and who left a memoir of Eliot's years of fame, shed new light on this period of his life. Eliot's inner preoccupations are set in the context of his American past, showing that his native ties, both personal and literary, became more, rather than less important after he relinquished his nationality. These are the years of maturity during which he wrote "Four Quartets", "Murder in the Cathedral", "The Family Reunion" and "The Cocktail Party". Lyndall Gordon is also the author of "Eliot's Early Years" (1977) and "Virginia Woolf: A Writer's Life" (1984)
A private life of Henry James : two women and his art by Lyndall Gordon( Book )

17 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Private Life of Henry James is a rich and fascinating exploration of the lasting influence on the master's work of two independent, fiercely intelligent women, his cousin, Minny Temple and the writer, Constance Fenimore Woolson
Mary Wollstonecraft : a new genus by Lyndall Gordon( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this new biography, Lyndall Gordon proposes that at each stage of this extraordinary life - as teacher, writer, traveller - Mary Wollstonecraft was an original. She had advanced ideas on education and her attitudes to single motherhood, family responsibilities, working life, domestic affections, the importance of friendship and sexual relationships now look astonishingly modern. She tested the new ways man and woman might live together. 'Imagination must lead the senses, not the senses the imagination, ' she told her lover, Gilbert Imlay, and repeated to her husband, William Godwin." "And though she died young, her new genus lived on in the lives of her daughters and immediate heirs, Mary Shelley, Fanny Imlay, Claire Clairmont, Margaret Mount Cashell, and later again in women such as George Eliot and Virginia Woolf." "Yet, from the time of her death in 1797 until now, she has acquired a reputation of being unstable and loose, a wild woman doomed to extinction. Lyndall Gordon's biography, the first to enter into the full scope of her brave and exhilarating experiment, probes these myths and vindicates her life in accord with Wollstonecraft's own values." "This account covers her period as a governess to the aristocracy in Ireland; as self-supporting writer in London; as on-the-scene observer of the French Revolution; and as a daring traveller to Scandinavia on the trail of an unsolved crime: the disappearance of a cargo of Bourbon silver. Like a detective story, the biography follows a newly clarified trail leading from Norway to Hamburg, when Mary Wollstonecraft uncovered the mystery of missing treasure, the true nature of Gilbert Imlay and her own delight in travel."--Jacket
Lives like loaded guns : [Emily Dickinson and her family's feuds] by Lyndall Gordon( Recording )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 177 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lyndall Gordon, an award-winning biographer, tells the riveting story of the Dickinsons, and reveals Emily as a very different woman from the pale, lovelorn recluse that exists in the popular imagination
Outsiders : five women writers who changed the world by Lyndall Gordon( Book )

8 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Outsiders tells the stories of five novelists - Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner, Virginia Woolf - and their famous novels. We have long known their individual greatness but in linking their creativity to their lives as outsiders, this group biography throws new light on the genius they share. 'Outsider', 'outlaw', 'outcast': a woman's reputation was her security and each of these five lost it. As writers, they made these identities their own, taking advantage of their separation from the dominant order to write their novels. All five were motherless. With no female model at hand, they learnt from books; and if lucky, from an enlightened man; and crucially each had to imagine what a woman could be in order to invent a voice of their own. They understood female desire: the passion and sexual bravery in their own lives infused their fictions. What they have in common also is the way they inform one another, and us, across the generations. Even today we do more than read them; we listen and live with them. Lyndall Gordon's biographies have always shown the indelible connection between life and art: an intuitive, exciting and revealing approach that has been highly praised and much read and enjoyed. She names each of these five as prodigy, visionary, outlaw, orator and explorer and shows how they came, they saw and left us changed."--Publisher website
Bookmark( Visual )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charlotte Bronte was thought to have died unphotographed. But recently, photographs allegedly of Charlotte show a severe, formidable woman, and new biographies portray her as a jealous sister, spiteful daughter and sexual predator. These revelations have proved a shock for fans who see in Charlotte an idealised image of Victorian womanhood. This program searches for the real woman behind the disputed image
The imperfect life of T.S. Eliot by Lyndall Gordon( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

“He was a man of extremes whose deep flaws and high virtues were interfused, ’ writes Lyndall Gordon in this perceptive and innovative biography of the great poet. She brilliantly explores his poetry, drama and essays in relationship to the four quite different women in his life and to his time in America and England. The Imperfect Life of T.S. Eliot follows the trials of a searcher whose flaws and doubts speak to all of us whose lives are imperfect.” –Back cover
Henry James : his women and his art by Lyndall Gordon( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The true nature of woman' from Wollstonecraft to Woolf by Lyndall Gordon( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shared lives by Lyndall Gordon( Book )

11 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A heartfelt tribute to three women who left nothing behind but their stories, letters, and memories, 'Shared Lives' reveals the significance of their lives, their hidden possibilities, and most importantly, the redemptive power of their friendship
A writer's diary: being extracts from the diary of Virginia Woolf by Virginia Woolf( Book )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An invaluable guide to the art and mind of Virginia Woolf, drawn by her husband from the personal record she kept over a period of twenty-seven years. Included are entries that refer to her own writing, others that are clearly writing exercises; accounts of people and scenes relevant to the raw material of her work; and comments on books she was reading
Charlotte Brontë : una vida apasionada by Lyndall Gordon( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in Spanish and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Come un fucile carico : la vita di Emily Diskinson by Lyndall Gordon( Book )

3 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in Italian and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charlotte Brontë : una vita appassionata by Lyndall Gordon( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in Italian and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Charlotte Brontë, a passionate life
Virginia Woolf, a writer's lifeLives like loaded guns : Emily Dickinson and her family's feudsT.S. Eliot : an imperfect lifeEliot's early yearsVindication : a life of Mary WollstonecraftA private life of Henry James : two women and his artMary Wollstonecraft : a new genusLives like loaded guns : [Emily Dickinson and her family's feuds]Shared lives
Alternative Names
Gordon, Lyndall

Gordon, Lyndall 1941-

Lyndall Gordon écrivain et universitaire sud-africaine

Lyndall Gordon South African writer and academic