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Discusses their activity as women writers within a culture that saw women only as the inspiring muse, not the creative artist
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Tayler argues that the "Holy Ghosts," male muses who influenced the writing of Charlotte and Emily Bronte, are central in explaining the remarkably different philosophies of the two women. With these muses providing spiritual support by serving as both guide and antagonist, each woman developed a particular mythology to account for being female while doing men's work. The struggle between the traditionally feminine mode of "being" and masculine mode of "doing" is well illustrated, as are the sisters' divergent attitudes and personalities. This work includes a brief family history and an in-depth analysis of each woman's major works. While much information is not new, Tayler's thesis gives a new perspective on the lives of the Bronte sisters. Recommended for academic libraries.
-Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Connecticut at Torrington Lib.
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Book Description Columbia University Press, 1989. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX023107154X