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Lyndall Gordon is the author of “Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World” (Virago)
The novelist was a megalomaniac fuelled by fantasies of manhood – but his imaginative genius speaks to us still.
How the novelist hid his cruel side – infidelity, bullying callousness, malice – in plain sight in his fiction.
A new film of the American classic asks whether grown women can retain the spirited independence of their girlhood. It’s a question that Louisa May Alcott and her pioneering family understood all too well.
How Letitia Elizabeth Landon sold her image and bought poetic fame.
Kenneth Grahame charmed readers with The Wind in the Willows – but his personal life left tragedy in its wake.
Jenny Uglow's Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense illuminates the poet and painter's life through his work.
A look at the time Charlotte Brontë spent in Brussels revelas a study in creative obsession.
The poet had a tangled relationship with the erotic, once remarking that however intimate a love poem may be, it is meant to be overheard.
New studies by Edward Wakeling and Robert Douglas-Fairhurst uncover the story of one of literature's most debated men.