Thursday, April 15, 2010

Lesley McDowell's BETWEEN THE SHEETS in The New Republic

Lesley McDowell's Between the Sheets: Literary Liaisons of Nine 20th-Century Women Writers is reviewed by Daphne Merkin in The New Republic: "It is laudatory that McDowell has set herself against the tenor of much of the critical discourse on the price of female talent: even so idiosyncratic a thinker as Elizabeth Hardwick was inclined to look at victimhood as the natural habitat of creative women, especially when they teamed up with creative men. One might wish for a more mellifluous prose style and more bold speculation on the role of the eroticization of intellect, but overall this is a welcome addition to the lives of writers in love and lust—writers who sometimes manage to write peacefully together in the same room, and who are equally dominated by the same demanding master: literature."

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