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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating intro to two little known victorian writers, 18 May 2002
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This review is from: We Are Michael Field (Outlines) (Paperback)
This is a fascinating if brief biography of two victorian women, Katherine Bradley and her neice Edith Cooper. By their own description "poets and lovers" these ladies wrote together, ultimately under the combined pseudonym of Michael Field, assuming a male persona in order to avoid the gender prejudices of their day. The book draws heavily on the amazing and prolific journals they left behind them accounting their unique life together, circle of artistic friends, literary legacy and deep devotion for each other. This is a captivating read about two writers who despite leaving a swathe of poems and plays, have now been largely and unfairly forgotten. This slim volume has been expertly pared down to conform to the "Outline" publication's edict but still captivates and leaves you intrigued to learn more about them and their works.
I would recommend this to any fan of the author, Emma Donoghue, and to anybody with an interest in people who resolutely live their own lives and remain true to themselves. The only disappointment is that no-one has yet compiled the in depth study of these ladies that they so richly deserve.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Feilds, difficult, but worth it., 9 Dec 2009
D. J. Woods "opsimath 2008" (Edinburgh Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: We Are Michael Field (Outlines) (Paperback)
A book that works well on many levels. As an intimate portrait of a couple, as an insight into their poetry and literary work, as a historical and socail dramadoc, and finally, as a damn good read
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We Are Michael Field (Outlines) by Emma Donoghue (Paperback - 26 Oct 1998)
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